Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 6, 2017
Trump’s View of Syria and Assad Altered After ‘Unacceptable’ Chemical Attack – President Trump warned on Wednesday that he would not tolerate the “heinous” chemical weapons attack in Syria, opening the door to a greater American role in protecting the population in a vicious civil war that he has always said the United States should avoid.
The president declined to offer any details about potential action. But he said his horror at the images of “innocent children, innocent babies” choked by poison gas in a rebel-held area of Syria had caused him to reassess his approach. Only days after the White House declared it would be “silly” to persist in trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Mr. Trump said, “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” the president declared at a news conference in the Rose Garden, referring to the “red line” that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had drawn before a 2013 poison-gas attack by Mr. Assad’s forces. Mr. Obama’s failure to strike Syria after that, Mr. Trump claimed, sowed the conditions for this new assault. The estimated death toll was reported to have exceeded 100.
Readings from Isaiah 40.9-11 for Thursday, April 6, 2017
Babylonian thinking constructs a world without God. Search the Internet for entertainment, sports, finance or political opinion. It is another way to illustrate the Babylonian spirit of power, beauty, strength, money, sex, and consumerism. These are the idols of our current world. God has an alternative to these idols. It may sound simplistic, but alignment to God’s will and to his principle of giving love in all instances is his strategy. Once again, the appeal to readers of this article is to align our lives with God’s will and to pray for the vulnerable.
Isaiah 40.9-11 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
Prayers for Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dear God, please intervene on behalf of the multitudes who are injured by our current world’s system. Please help us to give love and only love in very situation.