“Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

This ancient commandment first purported to King Hammurabi in his Code (1755–1750 BCE), the sixth King of the first dynasty of Babylon, later influenced the Ten Commandments that Yahweh presented to Moses on Mount Sinai, between 1000-900 BCE. Later, Jesus of Nazareth enlarged on this commandment as found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel (50–100 CE). And still later, between 609-622 CE, the prophet Mohammed incorporated this commandment in the Quran, 5:32.

Temples, synagogues, churches, cathedrals, basilicas, and mosques have abounded throughout the world, its worshipers intent upon learning and practicing its sacred texts.

It could not be clearer: “Thou shalt not kill.” Yet, regard our global history, filled with genocides, wars, ethnic cleansing, assassinations, and back-alley and ransom shootings—And today’s killing eyes peering through slits of face-scarfs, trigger-fingers poised on new H & K G3 battle weapons.

It’s seems to be about unbridled anger, power, greed, and the obliteration of spirit.

We wait and ask Your protection and care with complete abandon.