Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending – President Trump put both political parties on notice Monday that he intends to slash spending on many of the federal government’s most politically sensitive programs — relating to education, the environment, science and poverty — to protect the economic security of retirees and to shift billions more to the armed forces.
Readings from Isaiah 10.5-19 for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The theme of chapters 7-39 of Isaiah is that people are to trust God, rather than to arrogantly rely on their own resources. Isaiah 10.5-19 speaks of the role Assyria will play in God’s judgment of his own people, Israel. The words of verse 15 below remind us all of the foolishness of human pride before an all-wise and all-powerful Creator– God.
Isaiah 10.15 – Shall the ax vaunt itself over the one who wields it, or the saw magnify itself against the one who handles it? As if a rod should raise the one who lifts it up, or as if a staff should lift the one who is not wood!
Prayers for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Dear God, please help us to combat our pride with a flood of positive attitudes and actions, given by your grace. Help us to replace wrong thinking with right thinking; embracing health instead of disease; thinking about you and your perfection, rather than your enemies and opposites. May we identify with your real power, glory, great peace, joy, and transforming hope.