Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Battered Southeast Grapples With Irma’s Aftermath
Stressed and exhausted families across the Southeast were assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, even as flooding from the storm continued to plague some areas, like Jacksonville, and the worst of its wallop was being revealed in others, like the Florida Keys.
Officials in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina tried to prepare residents for the hardships of recovery from the storm. Almost 4.4 million Florida homes and businesses remained without power on Tuesday evening, according to state officials, and there were widespread electricity problems in other states as well. At least 56 people have died as a result of the storm, including at least 13 in Florida, according to The Associated Press.
Weakened now to a post-tropical cyclone, Irma moved toward the Ohio Valley and spread its clouds and rain over a vast area, while blue skies and sticky heat returned to Florida. The White House announced that President Trump, who twice visited Texas after Hurricane Harvey, will visit Florida on Thursday.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Hosea 6.1-3 -“Come, let us return to the Lord; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
These verses from Hosea are often quoted as encouragement to seek God. Obviously, seeking God is definitely recommended. However, Bible scholars point out the arrogance of these words. These are words from people, who are consumed with a “spirit of whoredom” (Hosea 5.4), and who are confident that God will quickly and easily respond to their shallow repentance.
The kind of turning to God that is called for is an abiding faithfulness, not that of spouse who is attempting to wriggle out of a situation resulting from being caught in infidelity.
Prayers for Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Dear God, may we return to you with complete faithfulness and obedience.