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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

In the past several decades, respect for the Lord, our Christ, Messiah, and Savior, has greatly diminished.  Where once it was common to pray, it has now become taboo.  This past homecoming season, a picture was circulated online: a large group of high schoolers had went out to eat before the dance.  The picture was of them joining hands in prayer.  It was posted in celebration that there are still those among us, and young ones!, who remember to offer grace for the food they were about to eat.  And the comments?  Some, like the poster, found the image heartwarming.  But many others could do nothing but deride these individuals for their choice to pray.

 

As Christians in America, we are fortunate.  We have the guaranteed right to worship freely, however we choose.  We may be ridiculed, we may be fewer than we once were - or perhaps the opposition has just grown louder.  Organized prayer may have been removed from schools, sporting events, and other places - but our right to worship cannot and will not be encroached.  We are fortunate, for not all individuals have that guaranteed right.  Some face persecution, like Daniel in Babylon, for simply opening a window and praying.

 

Have you stopped to think about why and how we have that right?  The right was and is secured for us in the Constitution of the United States, via the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  But it doesn’t stop there.  In order for our rights to remain, the United States of America must remain a free nation.  That responsibility falls on the shoulders of the United States Armed Forces.

 

Throughout the last 200+ years, the Armed Forces has evolved from a loosely regulated, rag-tag militia who secured this nation’s freedom, to a well-oiled fighting machine.  Individuals who have joined the military and serve this country by protecting it, are willing to sacrifice everything to ensure that you and I are able to continue to enjoy our freedoms and rights.

 

On Monday, May 28, 2018, we celebrate Memorial Day - one of several holidays throughout the year that honor our armed forces.  On Memorial Day, we specifically honor those who have fallen, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation - their life.  Husbands and fathers.  Wives and mothers.  Sons and daughters.  Nieces, nephews, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  Everyone who has fallen is someone!

 

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.  (Romans 13:7, ESV)

 

These men and women who have offered up their lives so that we may continue to live and worship freely, are owed our respect and our honor.  This Memorial Day, thank the Lord for those who are willing to make such sacrifices.  Also remember their families in prayer, for the pain of losing a loved one is always there.

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