Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, May 4th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, May 4, 2017

James Comey ‘Mildly Nauseous’ Over Idea He Swayed the Election – James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, sharply defended his decision to notify Congress about new emails in the Hillary Clinton investigation just before Election Day, reopening on Wednesday the still-raw debate over whether he cost her the presidency.

Mr. Comey’s remarks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing were his first public explanation for his actions, which roiled the campaign in its final days and cast a harsh spotlight on him. He acknowledged that revealing the renewed inquiry and enduring the torrent of criticism that followed had taken a toll.

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” he told the senators. “But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.”

Readings from Isaiah 51.12-13 for Thursday, May 4, 2017

A recurrent theme of Isaiah’s prophecy is the challenge to trust God, rather than to trust unreliable human beings. God is the wisest, most loving and most powerful Being of all. However, people most often trust human beings, rather than consulting with God for direction.

Isaiah 51.12-13 – I, I am he who comforts you; why then are you afraid of a mere mortal who must die, a human being who fades like grass? You have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction. But where is the fury of the oppressor?

Prayers for Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dear God, we regret that we often place more trust in human wisdom and power, than in you. Please help us to trust you in every aspect of our lives.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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