Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad – One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war.
Western leaders including President Trump blamed the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and called on its patrons, Russia and Iran, to prevent a recurrence of what many described as a war crime.
Dozens of people, including children, died — some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth — after breathing in poison that possibly contained a nerve agent or other banned chemicals, according to witnesses, doctors and rescue workers. They said the toxic substance spread after warplanes dropped bombs in the early morning hours. Some rescue workers grew ill and collapsed from proximity to the dead.
Readings from Isaiah 40.6-8 for Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The forces of the world seem impenetrable and invincible. Not so! according to God. He sees the world forces as temporary as grass before the hot sun and a powerful wind. People who place their confidence in a world’s system that is built on consumerism and militarism do well to remember that they are but grass. As we pray this passage, let us pray for God’s word (his expressed will) to prevail.
Isaiah 40.6-8 A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.
Prayers for Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Dear God, please help us know how vulnerable we actually are. May we cherish your word and align our lives with your plans and purposes.