Newspaper Prayers: Monday, June 12th

Back from Vacation

I am back from vacation and greatly appreciate Stacy Busch’s work on the blog while I was absent. She added beautiful pictures from Iceland to ideas from Dr. Frank Laubach and daily prayers.

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, June 12, 2017

‘We Are Not Unusual Anymore’: 50 Years of Mixed-Race Marriage in U.S.

For their first date, in 1949, Leon Watson and Rosina Rodriquez headed to the movie theater. But each entered separately. First went Ms. Rodriquez, a fair-skinned woman who traces her roots to Mexico. Mr. Watson, who is black, waited several minutes before going in and sitting next to her.

When they married in Oakland in 1950, mixed-race marriage had just become legal in California, the result of a lawsuit that reached the State Supreme Court. They are among the oldest living interracial couples legally married in the United States. It would be nearly two decades before all couples like them across the country were allowed to marry.

On Monday, they will mark the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court case that overturned antimiscegenation laws nationwide. Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and a white man, had been sentenced to a year in a Virginia prison for marrying each other. The case would serve as a basis for the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage.

It is far from the life the Watsons might have imagined when she was a child in New Mexico and he was growing up in Mississippi. Today, nearly 20 percent of all newlyweds in the United States are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, according to the Pew Research Center.

Readings from Psalm 1 for Monday, June 12, 2017

Please consider praying one of the Psalms each day, as you inform your praying by reading the newspaper.

The way we live our life is decisive for how it turns out. The entire book of Psalms is a guide to a blessed life.

One thing is fundamental to living God’s abundant life – engagement with the Torah (Law) of the Lord. Torah (Law) is instruction in the way and the will of the Lord.

The thing about “chaff” (verse 4) is that it is useless. “Fruit” (verse 3) is a picture of a life that is full of life and productive.

Psalm 1.1-3 – Blessed are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

Psalm 1.4-6 – The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Prayers for Monday, June 12, 2017

Dear God, may we be people who learn and live from what you have revealed as your will and ways of life.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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