Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
G.O.P. Senators Suggest Changes for Health Care Bill Offered by House – A day after a harsh judgment by the Congressional Budget Office on the House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, nervous Senate Republicans on Tuesday suggested changes to the bill.
They told Trump administration officials — including the health secretary, Tom Price — that they wanted to see lower insurance costs for poorer, older Americans and an increase in funding for states with high populations of hard-to-insure people. They said those changes would greatly improve the chances of Senate approval even though they might further alienate conservatives.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Republican leadership, said Senate Republicans could take steps to make the bill “more helpful to people on the lower end.”
Readings from Isaiah 26.7-21 for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Isaiah 26.7-9 – The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
How do we best wait for the Lord? Rufus Moseley (Heavenly View) writes, “When we love the Lord well enough to keep his commandments and keep our heart and mind open on Jesus, we are sure to receive the Holy Spirit. Christ and the Father will manifest themselves and take up their abode with and within this person. The commandments of the Lord are not grievous but simply the leading, revealing, and ways of perfect love. Everything of Jesus is life, while everything contrary to him is death. As we yield and obey all the time, we are in the true worship and the true life all the time. Whatever we love, think about, and will do, we become like. God has made it so that his will concerning us is fulfilled as we believe in and feed upon Jesus.”
Prayers for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Dear God, you say “the way of the righteous is level.” Please level the playing field for the vulnerable of the earth. From the refuges throughout the world to the poor of our nation, we trust you to intercede for the neediest of all. We wait for you and earnestly seek you to put things right in our world.