Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, March 6, 2017
Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim – The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.
Cuomo, in Whirlwind Tour of Jerusalem, Shows Support for Israel – He toured. He prayed. He visited an ancient tomb. He broke bread, cracked jokes and even wedged in some Albany arm-twisting. And he prompted flags to appear all over, even in the middle of cobblestone streets.
The purpose of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s breakneck 15-hour trip to Israel was an odd mash-up of showing emotional support — reassuring the Jewish population in the aftermath of a rash of anti-Semitic threats and acts of vandalism across New York State and nationwide — and promoting business ties.
Readings from Isaiah 19.19-25 for Monday, March 6, 2017
This passage from the Prophet Isaiah is full of wild hope. It pictures Israel, Assyria (think Iran and Iraq) and Egypt all united in serving God and benefiting one another. Only God can make this happen. Praying people should not only pray problems, we should pray hope. Please take time to read this passage today. Ask God to fuel your hope for the future that only God can give.
Prayers for Monday, March 6, 2017
Dear God, you promise “On that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my heritage'” (Isaiah 19.24-25). Help us who pray to fervently pray for this kind of peace to come to our world.