I remember the first news, the first alarms and the first explosions in Lviv. I remember how we were hiding in a narrow corridor with my two children in our apartment on the ninth floor. We remember how all the doors and windows in the apartment rattled from the explosions, which were only 800 meters away. All this seemed like a nightmare and a terrible dream, but in fact – it was our new reality! I had a strong worry and fear for our two children. In such moments of concern, uncertainty and anxiety people normally start thinking of a way out and the right solution. Prayer and trust in God were our first steps and light to overcome fear.
There is always a way out at the end of any tunnel and there is always a light at the end of any tunnel. For me, as a Christian believer and minister, there should be no place for fear, grief and darkness. Although sometimes I feel an anxiety, but at the same time, because of my faith, I know that I continue to trust God. I am not alone. the Lord is with me even during these difficult days. In God and with God I find the solution to all problems. He is the way out of any tunnel. He is my salvation, and He is the Light for me that leads out of this dark tunnel.
A lot can be said about the light because of this war – for me it is complete trust in God. It is clear to me – continue living, even when, at times, it is very difficult. The light is Christ whom I see every day in my life. He shines and gives hope not only to me, but also to the people around me. Light is my victory:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock”.
Captain Sergiu Nica
Corps officer in Lviv