Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, May 8, 2017
After Boko Haram Releases Nigerian Girls, an Anguished Wait for Parents – The father of two girls kidnapped by Boko Haram was suspicious when friends told him that dozens of girls had been freed, because he had heard similar rumors countless times during the three years the schoolchildren have been missing.
But by Sunday morning, it became clear to the Rev. Enoch Mark that the news was true. The Nigerian government announced that 82 of the girls who had been taken from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, had been released in exchange for handing over as many as six suspected militants to Boko Haram.
While Mr. Mark was thrilled with hearing some of the girls were safe, his joy was mixed with the awful, gut-wrenching torment of not knowing if his own two daughters were among those released.
“We are hoping God will do something for us,” Mr. Mark said.
By midday Sunday, the released schoolgirls — some of the nearly 300 who were initially captured — had been handed over to intermediaries, taken from a town in the northeast near the border with Cameroon and flown to the capital, Abuja, where they met with Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria.
Readings from Isaiah 53.2-3 for Monday, May 8, 2017
How does God defeat his enemies? Does he use overwhelming power and might? Surely, someone as described here can’t be the answer? How terribly different this image is from leaders descending private planes, riding in limousines, and commanding massive armies. However, the most influential man to walk the face of the earth fit exactly the picture of Isaiah 53.
Isaiah 53.2-3 – For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Prayers for Monday, May 8, 2017
Dear God, we pray that we will become imitators of Jesus and value his kind of humility.