Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

It is somehow difficult these days to read the first phrase "always rejoice".

I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. During this time, I managed to finish middle school, University, and served in the Soviet Army (2 years) - in a tank repair battalion in Siberia, not far from Khabarovsk and the border with China.

The Russian military concept is not much different from the Soviet one, which was "victory at any cost". The life of a soldier is valued less than a Kalashnikov assault rifle. At that time there was no big difference between Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and other nations. Only Jews were kept at a distance (Slavic anti-Semitism affected).

Today I watch with horror what had happened. Russia is bombing Ukraine. This was unimaginable even in a nightmare. It is clear that the Elites solve imperial problems, and the people pay for everything with their blood. I can feel this problem, but it is impossible to express it in a page of text. One solution is "pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Joy can be forgotten for now.

Dear friends, I ask you to pray and ask the Lord God to stop this senseless, ambitious war. Pray for those who are now under shelling. As an Israeli, I know this too. Three wars have passed over us in my 30 years in Israel. God forbid anyone these experiences and sensations. But Heaven hears Prayers... Unceasing Prayers... In the Jewish Kaddish prayer, there are the words "He who creates peace in heaven. He will send us peace... world peace... Peace to Israel... peace to Ukraine and Russia.

Sincerely, Leon Mazin

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