This week we went from Epiphany to Lent, celebrating Ash Wednesday. This week we all watched with horror and grief as we saw the battle unfolding between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainians are bravely resisting and many women and children are fleeing their home country to be refugees. Russians are bravely resisting and demonstrating against this invasion and paying a big price and some are fleeing a country they no longer feel represents them. Lent too is a journey, a journey to the cross. It is the journey in opposition to all the evil of this world. It is a stand against violence and anger as a demand tactic. Hatred and vengeance solve nothing. The Negro Spiritual that I chose embraces this prayer for Jesus to walk with us in our personal trials, in our national trials and with all who are seeking a haven of safety tonight. Please enjoy and pray for pilgrims on this journey.