The world watched in horror as the democratic country of Ukraine was attacked last week. By someone who has been labelled as a bully on a global scale.

There were many scenes of tanks and guns and explosions shared in the media. But the thing that stood out the most to me was the quiet bravery of regular folks. Taking up arms to protect their neighbourhoods. Taking down street signs to confuse the intruders. Even President Zelenskyy, when offered assistance to leave Ukraine safely by foreign leaders, answered by saying, “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

I can’t imagine that level of grit and resilience. In the face of such danger.

Would I have that strength? I have no idea. Which is why my awe is so strong for those who do.

It made me think of Winston Churchill saying during World War II, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

May we always stand up for those who are attacked, bullied and in need. May we raise our voices for those who do not have one. And may we never forget that an attack on democracy anywhere is an attack on democracy everywhere. Prayers for Ukraine.