10 Apr 2010

A Nation in Mourning: Polish President Dies in Plane Crash

If you haven't heard yet, it's a tragedy.
The Polish President and his wife have died in a plane crash along with approximately 80 other government officials. They were traveling to commemorate Katyn, a tragedy of the nation in and of itself. In 1942, Polish railroad workers found a mass grave at Katyn, and reported it to the Polish Secret State but the news was ignored, as people refused to believe the mass graves contained so many dead. Those killed in the massacre were military officers and the elite of Polish society. Stalin's reasoning... "any revived Poland would be unfriendly. Under those circumstances, depriving it of a large proportion of its military and technical elite would make it weaker."

My Polish friends comments on facebook have been deep and insightful. And for those far removed this might help us all to understand a little more...

Here's why it's such a big deal:
"The delegation was heading to commemorate the anniversary of Katyn war massacre where 15 000 of captured Polish army officers, scientists, politicians, professors - the elite of Polish intelligence, science and culture - were slaughtered by Soviet NKVD soldiers by the order of Stalin during one night in 1940 in Katyn forest near the Smolensk. It's a very tragic day in our history."

[a few years there was an excellent movie made and released in Polish theaters about Katyn. For years it was an 'unknown massacre' but only recently has it come to the light, so that the officers there could be properly acknowledged.]

A response of faith:
"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.

He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him."

Deut 2.20-22

(originally written in Polish on facebook, translated into English)

Please pray for Poland. That God's grace would shine in this extremely important point in history. Pray that people would turn to Him, and that in their pain and questioning that they would find hope in Jesus who conquered death! Pray that people would trust in Christ alone for their salvation.

"If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!"

(1 Cor 15.19-20b)