Newspaper Prayers: Monday, July 31st

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, July 31, 2017

‘I’m a Civilian. I’m Innocent’: Who’s in Congo’s Mass Graves?

(Note: This is a long and tragic article about the ill use of power and human suffering.)

KANANGA, Democratic Republic of Congo — They are everywhere. Here next to a house, where a woman is hanging clothes to dry. There in a field, where children are playing.

They are graves, filled with hundreds of bodies.

In the town of Nganza, in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the dead have been decomposing for months. Now it may be too late to identify them. The ground that covers them has turned almost smooth again. The only sign that there are people buried here are the government soldiers in red berets and aviator sunglasses, posted nearby with AK-47s.

They are deployed not for protection but to stop anyone from investigating witnesses’ claims that the security forces went door to door here in March, gunning whole families down in their homes and then closing the doors behind them.

The Roman Catholic Church, one of the few institutions in the country that provides reliable statistics, estimates that at least 3,300 people have been killed in the region since October. More than 1.4 million people have been displaced internally or are flooding into Angola.

Readings from Jeremiah 4.22 for Monday, July 31, 2017

Can you identify with God’s grief, as he looks at his children who are skilled in doing evil, but who don’t understand his ways? Jeremiah’s words are especially true in the age in which we live. Please consider sharing God’s grief over the state of the world. Speak to God about the condition of the world and ask him to bring a spirit of repentance upon the earth.

Jeremiah 4.22 – “For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good.”

Prayers for Monday, July 31, 2017

Dear God, we pray for your intervention in our world. Please restore righteousness and justice.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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