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Mourning with Poland

A look into the tragedy that took away top Polish leaderhsip from this earth

Flowers are exchanged to honor Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash along with other members of parliment and Polish society. © Associated Press Image 2010

Traveling to Russia to pay homage to those that suffered as part of the nation’s tragic past, the top echelon of Polish leadership were sadly woven into the history of tragedy during a plane crash in Smolensk, Russia last Saturday.

Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski was among the 96 people that were lost. Others that were lost in the crash included about a dozen members of the parliament, the national bank president, senior members of the clergy, and several top military officials. Kaczynski's wife, Maria, also died.

Kaczynski and accompanying officials were traveling to honor the 22,000 Polish officers that were slaughtered in what was known as the Katyn Massacre, named after the Katyn Forest where it took place in; the massacre occurred in 1940 at the hands of the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, shortly after the Soviet invasion of Poland. Relatives of the Katyn victims were also on the plane when it went down last Saturday, which came down in very close to the very same forest.

Light pervading into this dark incident is coming from the fact this crash may bring forth a more intentional path to reconciliation between Poland and Russia.

As a nation, Poland has spent the last week in mourning. The parliament plans for a elections at the end of April; candidates are being named as well to replace those are now deceased. The country, as a whole, is still churning, albeit in sorrow.

Kaczynski was a man who sought to bring a new era for Poland, to continue to move it away from its communist roots and remove the internal pathogens—crime, corruption—that plagued the country. He was considered by many as a great patriot for his nation. He was buried Sunday. Lord, hear our prayer: Lord, we thank You for who You are, for Your mercy in all things. We know that loss is the most difficult emotion. We pray for Poland, that their grief is not permanent and You bring them as a nation forward this for You perfect end. We don’t know Your plans, but we know they are Your plans and You will indeed reveal them in You way. We surrender to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Join the Journey Condolences It is with great sorrow that we here at Join the Journey give our condolences for the people of Poland. Extreme grief is inevitable when tragedy strikes, particularly in this case where old wounds intertwined in this present tragedy have not have not healed. The deaths of so many key political is surely a devastating blow to a country still trying to emerge out of the wreckage of its past. We pray here, at Join the Journey, that even as the country of Poland is experiencing deep distraught, that the people will see God’s hand and feel His comfort, especially for the family members of the now deceased. -- Matthew 5:4: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.