Praying for Hope and Peace in Siouxland, Sioux City

13 Mar
An organizer talks with local media during a candle light vigil for victims of the Ukraine Crisis at the Federal Building in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The event is being held in conjunction with other communities across the country as a gesture of solidarity for victims of the unprovoked invasion that occurred in Ukraine with the local community coming together so that they will not forget the people whose lives are taken by violence. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes there are no words, even in Siouxland, to express feelings about events and current events. And one only hopes that prayers will give comfort and wishes to those who survive something terrible not of their own making.

Recently a few people gathered in downtown Sioux City to pray for the people of Ukraine who are being brutally attacked by an aggressive and brutal dictator/fascist who has no respect for human life and apparently only revels in his own use of power and might.

People assemble and attend a candle light vigil for victims of the Ukraine Crisis at the Federal Building in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The event is being held in conjunction with other communities across the country as a gesture of solidarity for victims of the unprovoked invasion that occurred in Ukraine with the local community coming together so that they will not forget the people whose lives are taken by violence. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An organizer talks with local media during a candle light vigil for victims of the Ukraine Crisis at the Federal Building in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The event is being held in conjunction with other communities across the country as a gesture of solidarity for victims of the unprovoked invasion that occurred in Ukraine with the local community coming together so that they will not forget the people whose lives are taken by violence. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The attack onto the smaller nation by Russia’s de facto leader seems beyond the pale, with recent revelations that during supposed cease fire agreements Russian troops began shelling and bombarding civilians that were supposed to be able to leave the under during the cease fire. But it should be no surprise that the leader of Russia, an ex KGB officials lies for a living. One can only hope that in the end people do survive and this cruel man meets a fate that will exact whatever kind of punishment he is entitled too. One might hope it might be extreme and cruelly appropriate.

Prayer can not save lives or restore what is destroyed, but to give some sort of solace and comfort to those having to endure.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

People assemble and attend a candle light vigil for victims of the Ukraine Crisis at the Federal Building in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The event is being held in conjunction with other communities across the country as a gesture of solidarity for victims of the unprovoked invasion that occurred in Ukraine with the local community coming together so that they will not forget the people whose lives are taken by violence. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

People assemble and attend a candle light vigil for victims of the Ukraine Crisis at the Federal Building in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The event is being held in conjunction with other communities across the country as a gesture of solidarity for victims of the unprovoked invasion that occurred in Ukraine with the local community coming together so that they will not forget the people whose lives are taken by violence. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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