Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, May 24, 2017
A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America – (This is an editorial by Thomas Friedman. You will be encouraged about America, if you get a chance to read the entire article.)
In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that cried out for a strongman to put “America first” and stop the world from stealing our jobs. It was a shocking speech in many ways and reportedly prompted former President George W. Bush to say to those around him on the dais, “That was some really weird [stuff].”
It was weird, but was it all wrong?
I just took a four-day car trip through the heart of that landscape — driving from Austin, Ind., down through Louisville, Ky., winding through Appalachia and ending up at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to try to answer that question.
Trump is half right in his diagnosis, but his prescription is 100 percent wrong. We do have an epidemic of failing communities. But we also have a bounty of thriving ones — not because of a strongman in Washington but because of strong leaders at the local level.
Readings from Isaiah 58.6-8 for Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Fasting is the elimination of food from our diet for a period of time for the sake of spiritual connection with God. Notice what God says about the kind of fasting he desires.
Isaiah 58.6-8 – Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Prayers for Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Dear God, please raise up creative and compassionate leaders, who develop policies that benefit the hungry and homeless of our world.