Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End ‘Trivial Fights’ – President Trump, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, defended his tumultuous presidency on Tuesday and said he was eager to reach across party lines and put aside “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans.
He called on Congress to work with him on overhauling health care, changing the tax code and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and military.
But he raised new questions about his policy priorities and how he plans to achieve them, especially on immigration.
Readings from Isaiah 11.1-9 for Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The book of Isaiah alternates between hope and judgment. It is God’s activity that produces hope. Isaiah 11.1-9 is a passage of hope. Verses 1-5 have been traditionally ascribed to Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophesy. Certainly, Jesus is the best exemplar of the passage. However, praying people can ask God to give leaders the character traits mentioned in the verses.
Our focal verse today is Isaiah 11.2-4a: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth . . .”
Prayers for Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Dear God, we pray for leaders in our world. May you grant them to have your Spirit that gives them a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. May they lead with righteous judgments for the sake of the poor and defenseless of the earth.