Newspaper Prayers: Monday, August 28th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, August 28, 2017

In Houston, Anxiety and Frantic Rescues as Floodwaters Rise

What felt like an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters brought the nation’s fourth-largest city to its knees on Sunday, as highways and residential streets turned to rivers, waist-high waters choked off access to homes and hospitals, and officials begged boat owners to pitch in with an enormous and frantic rescue operation.

It was a scene that evoked Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, with worried residents punching holes in roofs in anticipation of the water rising even higher and people being rescued by helicopters from soggy rooftops.

The chaos inflicted by the remains of Hurricane Harvey played out across an enormous swath of Texas, most conspicuously in this metropolitan area of 6.6 million that has long been used to major storms blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, but that has seldom, if ever, faced a scene quite like this one.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Monday, August 28, 2017

Hosea prophesied during a dark and melancholic era of Israel’s history, the period of the Northern Kingdom’s decline and fall in the 8th century BCE (Wikipedia).

People of that era encountered the truth of God’s character and turned away to serve gods in their own image that they could control. Hosea is appropriate for our generation, because our culture (both religious and secular) has done the same thing as those in the eight century.

Hosea 1.2 – When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”

Was Hosea’s wife an actual prostitute? That is a matter open to debate. Were his wife and children a picture of a nation who had turned their back on God? Yes! Certainly!

I hope readers of this blog will take the time to read the book of Hosea in one hand and the newspaper in the other. As we do, we will be confronted with the way we have abandoned God. We will also discover God’s abundant love for his wayward children.

Prayers for Monday, August 28, 2017

Dear God, we ask your care for all of the people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Bob Spradling

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, August 28, 2017

In Houston, Anxiety and Frantic Rescues as Floodwaters Rise

What felt like an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters brought the nation’s fourth-largest city to its knees on Sunday, as highways and residential streets turned to rivers, waist-high waters choked off access to homes and hospitals, and officials begged boat owners to pitch in with an enormous and frantic rescue operation.

It was a scene that evoked Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, with worried residents punching holes in roofs in anticipation of the water rising even higher and people being rescued by helicopters from soggy rooftops.

The chaos inflicted by the remains of Hurricane Harvey played out across an enormous swath of Texas, most conspicuously in this metropolitan area of 6.6 million that has long been used to major storms blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, but that has seldom, if ever, faced a scene quite like this one.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Monday, August 28, 2017

Hosea prophesied during a dark and melancholic era of Israel’s history, the period of the Northern Kingdom’s decline and fall in the 8th century BCE (Wikipedia).

People of that era encountered the truth of God’s character and turned away to serve gods in their own image that they could control. Hosea is appropriate for our generation, because our culture (both religious and secular) has done the same thing as those in the eight century.

Hosea 1.2 – When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”

Was Hosea’s wife an actual prostitute? That is a matter open to debate. Were his wife and children a picture of a nation who had turned their back on God? Yes! Certainly!

I hope readers of this blog will take the time to read the book of Hosea in one hand and the newspaper in the other. As we do, we will be confronted with the way we have abandoned God. We will also discover God’s abundant love for his wayward children.

Prayers for Monday, August 28, 2017

Dear God, we ask your care for all of the people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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