Newspaper Prayers: Friday, May 26th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, May 26, 2017

Today, I present three headlines with a brief summary of each. The headlines highlight the iniquities (literally, bent places) and sins that are breaking humanity.

‘Beautiful Military Equipment’ Can’t Buy Middle East Peace – There is a proposed plan to sell $110 billion dollars of equipment to Saudi Arabia. The contrast between the opulence of the Saudi royal family and ordinary Saudi citizens is a tragic breeding ground that produced 15 of the 9/11 hijackers.

Where Will the Medical Misfits Go? – Safety-net hospitals keep us all healthy by treating the patients no one else wants. Current budget policies will produce serious hardships for safety-net hospitals. Some may be forced out of service.

As C.E.O. Pay Packages Grow, Top Executives Have the President’s Ear – The C.E.O. pay packages for the top 200 corporations range from $90 million to a lowly $13 million. In contrast the average American worker makes less than $38,000. Salaries for the four largest health insurance providers is between $15 and $18 million each year. 

Readings from Isaiah for Friday, May 26, 2017

Iniquity is literally a “bent place.” Being bent or corrupted in the core of our being is a serious character issue. Sin is a falling short of God’s intended purpose for us. The bent places of our collective lives causes peace and well-being to escape us.

Isaiah 59.1-3 – See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.

Prayers for Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear God, we make it difficult for you to rescue our world while our lives are characterized by iniquity and sin. Please help us to change.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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