Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, July 26, 2017
McCain Returns to Cast Vote to Help the President Who Derided Him
Senator John McCain is less the lion of the Senate than its wildcat, veering through the decades from war hero to Republican presidential nominee to irascible foil for an unlikely president.
On Tuesday, Mr. McCain ambled gingerly into the Capitol to sustained applause less than two weeks after brain surgery, casting a vote to aid President Trump, who has served as more tormentor than ally.
But moments later in a speech on the Senate floor, Mr. McCain turned what had been an uplifting moment for his Republican colleagues — whom he saved from an embarrassing failure on the floor — into an ominous cloud for any health care legislation.
He said that although he had voted to begin debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, he would definitely not vote for a Senate health care bill without major changes.
As it turned out, however, Mr. McCain did side late Tuesday with most Senate Republicans who voted — unsuccessfully — to replace the health care law with the most comprehensive plan his party has offered so far.
Readings from Jeremiah 4.3 for Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jeremiah 4.3 – For thus says the Lord to the people of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.”
Farmers easily understand the terminology, “fallow ground.” It describes a field that has not been plowed or planted for some time. The grass and weeds that cover the earth must be removed before any crops can grow.
Our spiritual life can resemble the farmer’s fallow ground. We have difficulty producing a spiritual crop, because our lives are filled with activities that choke out God’s life in us.
How do we break up the “fallow ground” of our soul? The revivalist Charles Finney recommended that we list all of our sins on paper. Then, we confess each one of them to God and turn away from them. If you follow this practice, you will see the hard places of your heart begin to loosen to the loving work of God.
Another approach, similar to that of Finney is from AA. Alcoholics Anonymous has a Fourth Step exercise that will help us break up the “fallow ground” of our inside condition. You can find resources for the AA Fourth Step on the Internet.
Prayers for Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dear God, we desire to have an inside condition that allows you the freedom to produce the fruit of love, joy, and peace within us.