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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”  (Isaiah 9:2, ESV)

 

Have you looked at the news recently?  What do you see?  Death?  Destruction? Bickering?  Belittlement?  How does the news make you feel?  Sad?  Frustrated?  We are bombarded with news all day everyday.  Often it is the same news repeated over and over…and over and over, until we are sick and tired of hearing about it!  This news is depressing and bad for our mental health.  When was the last time we heard good news?!

 

Over 2,000 years ago, the world was much the same.  The same news, the same village gossip, repeated over and over until someone brought something different to talk about.  For the Jews, no doubt, the talk was of Rome.  For Jews did not live free, but under the rule of the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus.  And in their talk of the repressive and controlling regime, their talk would eventually turn to talk of hope.

 

While not discussed everyday, it is - or should - often be in the minds of Christians: Christ’s return.  Similarly, 2,000 years ago, the Jews would dwell on the thought, the hope of the promised Messiah!  It was thought that the Messiah would be a great warrior, lead an army to wipe out the Romans, and bring salvation and peace.  They were thinking in earthly terms, not spiritual.  Are we?

 

The celebration of Advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas, is a time to travel back, experience the feelings and emotions of the Jews.  Today, we experience many of the same feelings and emotions that the Jews felt awaiting their promised Messiah, just as we await the return of Christ.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  (1 Peter 1:3-5, ESV)

 

While the Jews wait in hope of the coming Messiah, we wait in hope of His return.  There is not doubt of His return, rather our hope is living!  It comes from the sacrifice He has already made.  We have hope because we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior!  We have hope in our knowledge that we will one day be with Him for eternity!

 

But we often try to take too much upon ourselves when we do not need to, especially during the busy holiday season!  This week take time to meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon the Hope of Advent.  Remember to place your hope in the Lord!  Give over your fears, anxiety, and stress to Lord and place your hope in Him!

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