Newspaper Prayers: Monday, May 22nd

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, May 22, 2017

Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Rejoin Families – Eighty-two Nigerian schoolgirls released several weeks ago after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity were reunited with their families on Saturday, as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply their daughters might have changed in the hands of the extremists. 

Images from the scene showed brightly dressed family members rushing through the crowd and embracing one another outdoors. One small group of people sank to their knees, with a woman raising her hands as if praising in church. Some were in tears.

“I am really happy today — I am Christmas and New Year,” said Godiya Joshua, whose daughter Esther was among those freed. “I am very happy and I thank God.”

The families were reunited in the capital, Abuja, where the girls were taken by Nigerian authorities after their release early this month.

Readings from Isaiah 57.15 for Monday, May 22, 2017

The majority of world news stories today show the rich and powerful meeting in luxurious halls, discussing the fate of the nations. A little known story is that young girls have been released, after three years of captivity. God’s word reminds us that he is with the contrite (literally, those who have been crushed) and those who have been humbled by life’s circumstances. He is there to revive them, that is, to bring them back to life.

Isaiah 57.15 – For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. 

Prayers for Monday, May 22, 2017

Dear God, we thank you that you are present with broken and crushed humanity. We pray that you bring them fully back to life.

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