LENTEN THOUGHTS

My blog has always been void of political topics, social justice agendas or activism of any kind.  I made that choice at the onset.  I stay within the parameters of my art, craft, gardening and an occasional attempt at baking.  However, today I am breaking my own rule, moved by the aligned timing of certain events – the current situation in Ukraine and the beginning of Lent.

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent in Christian religions.  Most people in the Ukraine are of Christian faith.  But their traditional acknowledgement of this day has had to be thwarted by the current crisis in their country.  How could it not be?  I doubt the Ukrainian people will be taking the time to craft their most beautiful and intricately designed Pysanky eggs this Lenten season.  They’ve either been displaced or are standing ground while fearing for their lives.

To show your support for the Ukrainian people, purchase or make a Pysanky egg and display it in your home as a symbol of your solidarity with them.   Will it cease the conflict?  No.  But there are as many Pysanky designs as there are people; think of it as lighting a candle, and that little egg is your unique flame shining a light of hope, strength, peace and freedom for the people of Ukraine.

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