Dobru noc – Remembering nearly 20,000 Ukrainian children forcibly deported to Russia

Jun 26, 2024 | READ

I listened recently to an exquisite Czecho-Slovak folksong that we recorded many years ago. As I did so, I had a strong image of a mother, (along with another member of a Ukrainian family) singing an idyllic lullaby to their child in the warmth and security of their home.

Half way through, a great rupture happens, symbolising the Russian invasion – and the child, along with nearly twenty thousand others, is separated from their family and deported to Russia.

There in the pit of loss and despair, the child hears in his or her spirit the song of their mother reaching across the vast distance that now separates her from all she has known and loved – and from somewhere a voice comes, bidding the child not to give in to despair but to trust and hope: reassuring them that the Lord knows all about their plight, and promising that He has all eternity in which to make it up to them.

May the Lord use this much loved lullaby to stir our spirits to pray for those separated from homes and families – and for His Spirit to minister to those thus forcibly kept apart.

Dobru noc, ma mila, dobru noc;
Necht’ ti je sam Pan Buh na pomoc.
Dobru noc, dobre spi; Necht’ se ti snivaju sladke sny.
Dobru noc, dobre spi; Necht’ se ti snivaju sladke sny.
Dobru noc, ma mila dobru noc. Necht’ ti je sam Pan Buh na pomoc.
Dobru noc, dobre spi; Necht’ se ti snivaju o mne sny.
Dobru noc, dobre spi; Necht’ se ti snivaju o mne sny, o mne sny.

Sleep, dear one, sleep, fair one, all this night;
God hold you, God keep you, in His might.
Now, good night, joy to thee. May slumber bring visions fair to see.
Now, good night, joy to thee,
May slumber bring visions fair to see.
Sleep, dear one, sleep, fair one, all this night.
God hold you, God keep you, in His might.
Now, good night, joy to thee.
May slumber bring visions all of me.
Now good night, peace to thee.
May slumber bring visions all of Me, all of Me.

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