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A Kiss from Rose| April 5th

When you think of your birthplace, what are some things that come to mind? Do you have good memories and fun facts? What was going on during the time of your birth? Today I want to thank God for my birthplace, Charleston, South Carolina. I will pray for my city and ask for a favored covering for all born out of my city. I ask for divine protection over the people and the gifts that they bring into this world and that they will use it for the glory of the kingdom of God.

Sometimes, it is not prayers that we pray for ourselves but that of those that we may not know. Aren't you glad that someone somewhere took the time to pray and ask for God to cover and protect you? Where would you be without the prayers of others? Especially when we may not have had the sense to pray for ourselves.

Father, cover my birthplace with your divine protection. Heal the broken places and hearts that are in despair. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide them. Penetrate their mind. Place them on the path of righteousness. Allow each person to seek your face and always do the right thing. Bring unity, fairness, compassion, and love to the land. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Today, will you pray for your birthplace? You may be the seed sower for someone yet to be born.

Now, let's take a look at the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem. Here are some facts:

*Star of David – The Jewish symbol of King David, which the Star of Bethlehem is often associated with having been a miraculous appearance of.

*Jesus was born in the same village as King David- But not only does Jesus directly descend from David’s line, but he’s also born there as well. Not only does this fulfill Old Testament prophecy, but the symbolism of the heavenly king being born in the same place as the king after God’s own heart certainly has its significance as well. Jesus’ birth town was a fulfillment of Messianic prophecy Micah 5:2

*Bethlehem is located in Palestine/ Israel

**Is Bethlehem in Israel or Palestine?

Control of Bethlehem passed from the Ottomans to the British at the end of World War I. Bethlehem came under Jordanian rule during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and was later captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Since the 1995 Oslo Accords, Bethlehem has been administered by the Palestinian Authority.

* Chapter 1 of Matthew's Gospel recounts Jesus's birth and naming and the beginning of chapter 2 states that Jesus was born in Bethlehem during the time of Herod the Great. Magi from the east came to Herod and asked him where they would find the King of the Jews, because they had seen his star.


Charleston, South Carolina Facts

The Charleston Church Shooting- On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooter took the lives of nine African American people at a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Palmetto City - Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.

Wealth- Charleston was the fourth largest city in colonial America, and the wealthiest! Charleston boasts the first public college, museum, and playhouse in the U.S.

Beaches- Both Savannah and Charleston are coastal cities, so both have nearby barrier islands with beaches that are a short drive away. Savannah has Tybee Island while Charleston has Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, and Isle of Palms. For the abundance of beaches alone, Charleston wins in this category.

Geechee/ Gullah- The Gullah (/ˈɡʌlə/) are African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of the U.S. states of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, in both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. They developed a creole language, also called Gullah, and a culture with some African influence. Although the islands along the southeastern U.S. coast harbor the same collective of West Africans, the name Gullah has come to be the accepted name of the islanders in South Carolina, while Geechee refers to the islanders of Georgia

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