Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 17, 2017
A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’ in North Korea – All the elements of the North Korean nuclear crisis — the relentless drive by Kim Jong-un to assemble an arsenal, the propaganda and deception swirling around his progress, the hints of a covert war by the United States to undermine the effort, rather than be forced into open confrontation — were on vivid display this weekend.
There was the parade in Pyongyang’s main square, with wave after wave of missiles atop mobile launchers, intended to convey a sense that Mr. Kim’s program is unstoppable. Then came another embarrassing setback, a missile test that failed seconds after liftoff, the same pattern seen in a surprising number of launches since President Barack Obama ordered stepped-up cyber- and electronic-warfare attacks in early 2014. Finally, there was the test that did not happen, at least yet — a sixth nuclear explosion. It is primed and ready to go, satellite images show.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has said repeatedly that “our policy of strategic patience has ended,” hardening the American position as Mr. Kim makes steady progress toward two primary goals: shrinking a nuclear weapon to a size that can fit atop a long-range missile, and developing a hydrogen bomb, with up to a thousand times the power than the Hiroshima-style weapons he has built so far.
Readings from Isaiah 43.10-13 for Monday, April 17, 2017
The temptation I face when I read the newspaper is to be overwhelmed by world events and the inability of world leaders to produce a peaceful, productive place for people to live. Isaiah declares that God is the One to whom we should look for security, prosperity, and all of the things that make for well-being. Newspaper pray-ers have the opportunity to join God by declaring our trust in his activity in the world.
Isaiah 43.10-13 – You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses, says the Lord. I am God, and also henceforth I am He; there is no one who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it?
Prayers for Monday, April 17, 2017
Dear God, our daily prayers reflect our trust in you. We pray in trust and obedience that your loving direction will be the reality of our existence.