Previously, I shared my thoughts on the presence of priests and monks, acting as witnesses for peace in the midst of strife in Ukraine. (See http://benedictinelutheran.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-monastic-witness-for-peace-in-ukraine.html and http://benedictinelutheran.blogspot.com/2014/01/fear-monday-morning-in-desert-series.html). In the latest round of violence, which is proving to be even bloodier than what happened last month, Lutheran clergy are also acting as peacemakers.
This is Andreas Hamburg, Pastor of the Lutheran Church in Odessa,
Ukraine. He was assaulted this morning by Titushky (pro-Government
hooligans) while trying to protect demonstrators, and was saved by a police
officer, who he calls his guardian angel. He asks for prayers for the people of Ukraine.
(From this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=623095377743546&set=a.267575909962163.80352.100001292685359&type=1&theater)
May the Lord have mercy on the people of Ukraine, and may peace come soon.