Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, March 28th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lacking E.M.T.s, an Aging Maine Turns to Immigrants – Jolly Ntirumenyerwa ran her fingers over the stethoscope that she had slung around her neck. It was a comforting connection to her career as a physician in her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she worked in emergency medicine.

Her credentials did not transfer when she moved to the United States in 2012, and she could not work as a doctor. So, she took jobs as a health aide in an assisted living facility.

Now, thanks to an unusual program that is training immigrants to become emergency medical technicians, she is preparing to make better use of her medical background and, she hopes, work her way up to becoming a physician assistant if not, someday, a doctor.

Readings from Isaiah 33.1-8 for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Isaiah never tires of his theme. If we trust our own human resources, craftiness, power and best thinking, we can expect disaster. If we rely on God, we can expect victory and peace. Please note, relying on God does not preclude our own efforts. One of my friends once said, “I can’t sit at home in my boxers, eating Cheetos, playing video games sitting on a bean-bag, and ask that God send me a job. I have to work at it, too.”

Trusting God is a settled attitude where we take God’s leadership and direction as the wisest Being of all. Why do we trust God? Look at the key words in the passage below. They are what is needed in our world today.

Isaiah 33.5-6 – The Lord is exalted, he dwells on high; he filled Zion with justice and righteousness; he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.

People are often tripped up by the phrase, “the fear of the Lord.” What is it? Deuteronomy 6.4-5 is the best description of a person who has “the fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord is nothing more nor less than loving God with all of our being.

Deuteronomy 6.4-5 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Prayers for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dear God, your command to love you with all our heart is the greatest offer of all. We thank you that the greatest Being of all invites us into a personal love relationship. We ask that your love and love for you flood our world.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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