Last week I was in St Petersburg, this week I am in Kiev. Not so many years ago Kiev was a Russian city. Then Ukraine gained independence and celebrated separation from Russia, until Russia took back the region of Crimea and allegedly helped rebels secure parts of Eastern Ukraine. The Russians have even issued a banknote celebrating the return of Crimea to the mother country. It doesn’t look as if Ukraine will be getting Crimea back any time soon.


Kiev: Monument to Bohdan Khemelnytsky, with Saint Sofia Cathedral behind

Meanwhile Turkey lurches even closer to becoming an Islamic dictatorship, with wide-ranging emergency powers introduced after the recent attempted coup. Rumours abound that it wasn’t a coup at all but something that the Turkish president thought up to consolidate his power and lock up a few thousand more political opponents. All this in one of the most popular tourist areas in Europe.


Marmaris – Turkey

And as for Europe we all know that the UK has voted to exit the European Union, much to the consternation of those who wanted to remain. They might be bad losers but the fact is that nobody knows exactly what leaving the EU means. While Europe seems to be in turmoil a strange charade is being played out on the other side of the Atlantic as two pensioners seek to become the next US president. The only pensioner with a title I value is Her Majesty the Queen, a lady of deep faith and huge commitment.


Some commentators have suggested that President Obama helped the Brexit leave campaign!

What in the world is going on? It wasn’t supposed to be like this – not after the United Nations was formed. Yet there are conflicts and rumours of conflicts, plus incidents of terrorism and mass murder all over the world. I often wonder what God thinks about it all, especially given that a lot of folk seem to blame Him for everything (while resolutely refusing to believe in Him!). I guess God finds it all quite distressing. And yet God seems content to wait for men and women to come to Him. He did come to them once, but incredibly a large percentage of the population including the religious establishment decided He wasn’t who He said He was. Well as far as I’m concerned He was and is. The thing is – God isn’t far from any of us, no matter how far we seem to be from Him.

From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. (Acts 17:26-27 NLT)

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