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God gives us our daily news. The Holy Spirit places it into our mind, saying, “pay attention”. We do well to heed the news, take the information and go forward in it, prayerfully.  This post is prompted by what has taken my spirit captive today.
I had just completed a certification test when the Holy Spirit prompted me to check NPR news.

And there in the news was a caption about a baby girl born in Gaza who had died. I clicked on the story.

A Palestinian baby girl, saved from the womb of her mother Sabreen Al-Sakani, who was killed in an Israeli strike along with her husband Shukri Jouda, and her daughter Malak, lies in an incubator at the Emirati hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, April 21.
Photo Credit: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

“A Palestinian baby girl, saved from the womb of her mother Sabreen Al-Sakani, who was killed in an Israeli strike along with her husband Shukri Jouda, and her daughter Malak, lies in an incubator at the Emirati hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, April 21.”

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After reading this, my entire spirit collapsed, and I fell to the floor in prayer. Lamenting, heartbroken sobs began to escape as the Holy Spirit poured out absolute grief for not just this child, but for all the children affected by such atrocities. It made me realize how far we have come in our journey of getting away from what is right and grabbing onto what is evil.

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After collapsing to the floor, I sobbed uncontrollably with my mouth wide open, devastated, and unaware of how long I remained there.

Woe to us! The Holy Spirit grieves, God is heartbroken because we are so bent on destroying one another.

Dear reader, I share this with you because if you have the time, please get on your face before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what grieves it. When we take an extended time to pray, our selfish needs are set aside so that the Holy Spirit can reveal what God wants us to see. His view is much greater than what we can perceive. We should be weeping with Him.

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Although I want to contribute and help physically, it is too dangerous for me as I may be at risk. But there is something I can do. I will continue to pray and express my condolences to the victims of this conflict. I am open to any guidance from God on how I can help, and I will continue to pray for those who are suffering at the hands of people who claim to be “civilized”.

Pray

I invite you to pray earnestly for those who are innocent victims of wars and disputes in Gaza, Wider Middle East War, Sudan, Ukraine, Myanmar, Ethiopia, The Sahel, Haiti, and Armenia-Azerbaijan.  There is no reasonable excuse for not praying.

We are accountable.


By Jeffery Plummer
Insights for living holy in Christ, Jeffery Plummer

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