Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 13, 2017
U.S. Takes Sharper Tone on Russia’s Role in Syria – President Trump and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson sought on Wednesday to isolate President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for backing the Syrian government in the wake of its lethal chemical weapons attack on civilians, and worked to build international pressure on Moscow to change course.
In Washington, Moscow and New York, the Trump administration publicly chastised Mr. Putin but privately worked to hash out increasingly bitter differences with him. At the same time, Mr. Trump embraced NATO — a military alliance he had previously derided as obsolete — as an effective and vital force for peace and security in a region where Russia has been an aggressive actor.
Readings from Isaiah 42.18-20 for Thursday, April 13, 2017
For many years I have applied the verses below to my own life. I have often called myself “the blind servant.” I often do not see or hear what God is doing, but by his grace he leads me all the same. I am not special, but the people I lead are precious to God. For their sake I, a blind servant, receive God’s guidance. As we pray today, let’s ask God to direct leaders of our world, even though they may be blind and deaf to his direction.
Isaiah 42.18-20 – Listen, you that are deaf; and you that are blind, look up and see! Who is blind but my servant, or deaf like my messenger whom I send? Who is blind like my dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the Lord? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
Prayers for Thursday, April 13, 2017
Dear God, even though many world leaders appear to be both blind and deaf to your direction, we pray that you will lead them. For the sake of the helpless, the vulnerable, and the oppressed, please direct world leaders into the right paths.