Posted by: ritagone | January 18, 2017

Russia and Love

Frequent headlines these days have to do with the tension between Russia and the U.S., predictions of what relationships will be like with our President-elect arussiand current President Putin of Russia. Is this a new Cold War? Or worse? How will we survive should Trump go astray? Is Putin leading us into World War III? Blah, blah, blah.

This past Sunday afternoon, my husband and I sat around a table in the atrium of our church with seven Russians — six adults and one 12-year-old child — and a handful of Americans, talking, sharing a lunch, laughing, singing with a guitarist providing the music, and then, praying together. Some of the prayers were in Russian. I didn’t understand them. I didn’t need to. I felt them. There were prayers in English. I did understand those. The younger Russians, who are not proficient in English at all, did not understand then what was being said. That was okay too.

There is something to be said for one on one human contact between people, Russian or American or any nationality, for that matter, that goes beyond politicians, armies, diplomacy, finances, or anything else, that is just two people or a group of people interacting and learning to speak and to listen and to love one another. If we had more of this kind of activity going on, I am convinced that there would be less need for rhetoric that stirs the blood and draws lines in the sand and yells and screams and makes issues where no issues need to be made.

But that’s not likely going to happen.

So instead, I’m just going to enjoy those opportunities to touch people – Russians, French, English, Irish, whatever – whenever and wherever I can. Even when I don’t understand the language they’re speaking, even when their prayers are in a foreign tongue, I’m going to listen and smile and enjoy the words and the tone of voice that I’m hearing. I’m going to be a friend and an ally and practice what Jesus told me to practice: loving one another.

It’s so simple. It feels so good.

Why not?



  1. Beautifully said! Thanks for writing these blogs over the years Rita.

    April Brandes Talk/text. 949.562.8899


  2. Amen!!! Great blog!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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