On this Mother’s Day, my heart cries for the mothers who have lost their children to death; death by violence, sickness and disease. I am especially grieved for those mothers whose sons and daughters are being slaughtered in the street like dogs from gun violence. Mothers are wailing for the lives of their children.
Matthew 2:18 states, “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they were not.” Just as these mothers were weeping for their babies that were killed after Herod issued a decree that all the children from two years old and under be put to death (Matthew 2:16), mothers are weeping for their sons and daughters being put to death.
I pray that these mothers find some comfort in knowing that God knows their hurt, He knows their pain, and He knows how deeply their heart aches. He knows because He has experienced that loss. God knows what it is to lose a Son to murder; His only son. Mary, the mother of Jesus, watched her innocent Son be put to death. She saw evidence of how they tortured Him, and she watched her first born die a gruesome death. “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. . .” Hebrews 4:15. Mothers you are not alone.
There have been many discussions, meetings and rallies about the senseless violence. There have been laws enacted that only seem to perpetuate more violence; “stand your ground.” As Apostle Jerome Kidd said, the only meetings that will stop this madness are “prayer meetings.” “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Mothers, not only are you not alone, but you are also needed. Your fervent prayers are needed. You may have lost your child, but you can cry out to God and intercede to prevent another mother from having to experience that same pain, and prevent another child from losing their life senselessly. When the children of Israel were in trouble, the prophet Jeremiah said call for the mourning women.
“Thus said the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters. For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! We are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out. Yet hear the word of the Lord, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and everyone her neighbor lamentation. For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.” Jeremiah 9:17-21
Let us come together and pray so that our children are no longer prey for the enemy.
If you’re blessed to have your children surrounding you on Mother’s Day, as you’re thanking God for them, say a prayer for those mothers that have lost their children through gun violence or sickness and disease. Continually lift them in prayer and pray for the healing of our land.
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