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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.

Where were you?  Do you remember?

 

A mother and her two young daughters were getting ready to spend the day shopping.  Her husband, their father, was preparing to leave for work.  A newlywed couple was enjoying a late breakfast on their honeymoon.  A freshman college student was walking to the first class of the day, laughing with a friend.  A sophomore high school student was in a heated debate in a US History class.  A husband was on a plane, thinking about his wife, who was taking the subway to meet a friend for breakfast.  They had only had time for a quick kiss before going their separate ways that morning, never thinking it may be their last.  A son was hard at work, having arrived early to prepare for an important presentation that morning.  A daughter was joking with a co-worker, while preparing to go live with her scheduled news broadcast.  Where were you?  Where were you when the news broke at 8:45 am EDT, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?

 

Do you remember the confusion of not knowing what had happened?  Do you remember the dismay, confirming suspicions, when the second plane hit?  Do you remember the fear of not knowing the next target, if there was a next target?  Do you remember the terror of not being able to reach your family?  Do you remember the chaos of organizing the immense rescue?  Do you remember the shock of realizing nothing would ever be the same?  Do you remember the struggle to understand?  Do you remember?  Do you remember?!

 

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

 

The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

 

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,  and my cry to him reached his ears. 

(Psalm 18:1-6 ESV)

 

David knew confusion.  He knew dismay.  He knew fear, terror, chaos, shock and struggle.  David experienced these emotions while running for his life from Saul and, later, from his own son, yet he also expressed a faith in the steadfastness of the Lord.  Many of David’s psalm cry out to the Lord for help.  It is a cry many echoed in the days, weeks, months, and years since Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

 

My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

(Lamentations 3:20-23, ESV)

 

Jeremiah certainly knew what it was like to be attacked in your home by a foreign nation.  He knew what it was like to lose an iconic building in an iconic city; to look at an iconic skyline and see it altered forever.  It is not something he forgot.  It is not something we can forget.  It is not something to be forgotten.  Jeremiah weeped over what had been lost and what was yet to come, yet he still praised the steadfastness of the Lord.

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, shocked this nation and the world.  For the first time since World War II, we were attacked on our home soil, an experience shared by David and Jeremiah in their time.  We cried out to God for help and for healing, just as David and Jeremiah did.  But did we remember the rest?

 

Throughout all the suffering and all the questions, David and Jeremiah always remembered to turn to the Lord.  They remembered to praise the Lord for His steadfastness.  David frequently, in the midst of his turmoil, praised the Lord for getting him through.  You see, David knew that although he may not see or understand, the Lord had a plan!

 

It has been 15 years since two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.  Fifteen years since a plane crashed into the Pentagon.  Fifteen years since a group of people, knowing the only outcome for them was death, chose to fight back and crash their plane in a field instead of its intended destination.  Do you still remember?

 

We are no longer in the same place we once were, feeling desperate and scared.  Church attendance, which spiked significantly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, has nearly returned to what it was before the attacks.  Many no longer feel the pressing need to turn to the Lord, yet it is now that we need Him.  Israel thought that because they were experiencing a time of prosperity and peace that they did not need the Lord.  They fell because they turned away from the Lord, returning to Him only in times of need.  Will we fall the same way?  We must remember to focus on the Lord, to place Him at the front of our lives, to turn to Him in times of tragedy and in times of joy and peace.

 

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