Newspaper Prayers: Friday, September 8th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, September 8, 2017

Mexico Rocked by Earthquake Called Its Strongest in a Century

The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years struck off the nation’s Pacific Coast late Thursday, rattling millions of residents in Mexico City with its violent tremors, claiming at least five lives and leveling some areas in the southern part of the country closest to where the quake occurred.

About 50 million people across the country felt the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 8.2, according to the Mexican government. The force sent residents of the megacity fleeing into the streets at midnight, shaken by the alarms blaring over loudspeakers and a full minute of tremors. Windows broke, walls collapsed, and the city seemed to convulse in terrifying waves; the quake even rocked the city’s landmark Angel of Independence monument.

Reading from the Prophet Hosea for Friday, September 8, 2017

One of the ways that God corrects people is by withdrawing his presence. We can’t have our rebellion and a close relationship with God. Throughout the prophets God says, “Let your idols save you.” When we consistently turn away from God and choose substitutes for obedience to his direction, his recourse is to withdraw and let us experience the consequences of our behavior. This is the reality of today’s reading from the prophet.

Hosea 5.15 – I will return again to my place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face. In their distress they will beg my favor.

Prayers for Friday, September 8, 2017

Dear God, we pray for those who have been affected by hurricanes, monsoons in India, and the Mexican earthquake.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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