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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.

Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.  (Exodus 20:12, AMP)

 

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.  (Deuteronomy 5:16, AMP)

 

On Sunday, May 13, 2017, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  It is a day set aside to honor the mothers of the world and all that they do for their children.  It is a day to give back to them.  As Christians, we are commanded to honor, to respect our parents, always!  We should do this everyday, however there is nothing wrong with showering mothers with extra attention on their special day!  Twice in the Books of Law, Moses reminds the Israelites of the importance of honoring their parents!  Obviously, this was an important action before the Lord!

 

The commandment to honor our parents was not forgotten outside of the Law.  There are numerous references scattered throughout the Old and New Testament to showing respect towards one parents.  What better example than Jesus Chirst’s own words?

 

For God commanded, Honor your father and your mother, and, He who curses or reviles or speaks evil of or abuses or treats improperly his father or mother, let him surely come to his end by death.  But you say, If anyone tells his father or mother, What you would have gained from me [that is, the money and whatever I have that might be used for helping you] is already dedicated as a gift to God, then he is exempt and no longer under obligation to honor and help his father or his mother.  So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].  (Matthew 15:4-6, AMP)

 

In this passage, Jesus was calling out the Pharisees for their hypocrisy.  The Pharisees held the Jews accountable for following the Law, which included honoring one’s parents.  Children, specifically the first son, was to provide for his mother, should her husband die.  It was part of obeying the law.  Yet the Pharisees approved of men taking the money which would have been used to provide for their mothers and instead giving it to God, through the Temple, through the Pharisees.  Which action is more honorable to the Lord?  Jesus clearly tells us.  He also shows us.

 

But by the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the [wife] of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!  Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home].  (John 19:25-27, AMP)

 

Jesus was doing the Lord’s work; dying on the cross for our salvation.  The pain He was in is something we cannot imagine.  Yet, in the midst of His pain and suffering, He continued to honor His Father, by caring for His mother.  Jesus was Mary’s first Son.  It was His responsibility to care for her (many scholars believe that by this time Joseph had died, as he is not mentioned).  Jesus knew that He would no longer be able to care for Mary on Earth, so he passed on the responsibility to a trusted disciple.  What an example Jesus set!  

  

Although the holiday of Mother’s Day may be recent, the idea behind it, honoring your mother, is far from new.  This Mother’s Day take time out to honor and celebrate your mother and all that she has done for you.  But do not let it end there!  Continue to honor her everyday! 

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