Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 10, 2017
Egypt Declares State of Emergency, as Attacks Undercut Promise of Security – Rattling a country already wrestling with a faltering economy and deepening political malaise, two suicide bombings that killed 44 people at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday raised the specter of increased sectarian bloodshed led by Islamic State militants.
The attacks constituted one of the deadliest days of violence against Christians in Egypt in decades and presented a challenge to the authority of the country’s leader, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who promptly declared a three-month state of emergency.
Readings from Isaiah 40.17-20 for Monday, April 10, 2017
Our world is full of desperate people. Consider the man, woman or child on the street of Syria, North Korea, South Sudan, Northern Nigeria, and Yemen. They live hand-to-mouth with little hope of change. They are innocent in a world of selfish, evil conflict. If you are praying these passages from Isaiah with me, please pray for the promise of these verses to be realized in the lives of the oppressed and vulnerable of our world.
Isaiah 40.17-18 – When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 20 . . . so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Prayers for Monday, April 10, 2017
Dear God, you are the only hope for all of humanity. Please change the circumstances of the oppressed and vulnerable in our world. Please direct world leaders to be vehicles of your care for all persons.