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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.

GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE!  GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE!  The specialized doorbell rang throughout large house.  “COME IN!” a voice shouted from somewhere within the house.  As the door opened, two young children just missed being hit as they ran by the door and up the steps.  “Be careful!” a father called from an adjacent room, while grinning and shaking his head.  The final family to arrive came through the door, looking out for more children, and made their way into the kitchen, where they placed their dishes on an already crowded counter.  “Oh!  What do we have here?”  several women working in the kitchen wanted to know, along with various others crowded around, hoping to sneak a bite of food before dinner - preferable without getting their hand smacked for their troubles!  “Salad and dessert,” said the youngest member of the recently arrived family, pointing at each dish according.  The hostess directed the girl where to place the dessert until later, while making room for the salad on the counter that would serve as the buffet.

 

A short time later, with the aroma of baked turkey wafting through the air, all the food was ready to be served and had been set on the improvised buffet table.  The host raised his voice, asking everyone to gather round and join hands.  The youngest cousins were at the front of the group, so an eye could be kept on them, and because they wanted to be first in line for the food.  As he looked around at the rather large group that had gathered, he had to smile, remembering like it was yesterday, when the young parents were children themselves and he was the one yelling at them to be careful.  Now, here he was, a grandfather!

 

The young parents looked at their children, remembering when they were the ones running around the house.  They remembered playing N64 with their young cousins before dinner, with whom they now discussed work, politics, and world issues.  They had become the parents they once found boring!

 

As the host asked another family member, a new brother-in-law, to pray before the meal, the new brother-in-law looked around.  One year ago he had been here, although not officially yet part of the family.  His wedding to the host’s sister occurred just one month ago.  Tears of joy came to eyes at belonging to this loud, rambunctious, but loving family.  He cleared his throat and began to pray, thanking God for his new family, for everyone’s safe travel to be together, and for their continued safety on their trips home.

 

His prayer is one that is echoed in many houses on Thanksgiving.  It is a prayer that echoes back in time, back before Thanksgiving even became a national holiday, back to the time of Jesus, and beyond.

 

Jesus was sent to this earth to die, so that all may be afforded salvation.  Yet before His death, He was a teacher.  He taught how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.  One of Jesus’ messages was teaching to give thanks, in all things.  It was a message that echoed back to the early celebrations of the Israelites: the Firstfruits and the Feast of Weeks.  Both were celebrations of giving thanks for what the Israelites had received from the Lord.  

 

Similarly, Jesus gave thanks often throughout His ministry.  He gave thanks before feeding the five thousand (Matthew 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11) and before feeding the four thousand (Matthew 15:36, Mark 8:6).  He gave thanks during Passover (Matthew 26:26-27, Mark 14:22-23, Luke 22:17-20) and gave thanks by praising His Father (Matthew 11:25-29, Luke 10: 21-22).  He gave thanks for answered prayers (John 11:39) and for the raising of Lazarus (John 12:41) Throughout His ministry, Jesus was constantly giving thanks!

 

Jesus’ example is one we all should follow.  And not just on Thanksgiving!   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  (Colossians 3:16-17, ESV)  Like Jesus, we are to have thanksgiving in our hearts at all times!  For what do you have to be thankful?

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