Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
In Battered Puerto Rico, Governor Warns of a Humanitarian Crisis
Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico said on Monday that the island was on the brink of a “humanitarian crisis” nearly a week after Hurricane Maria knocked out its power and most of its water, and left residents waiting in excruciating lines for fuel. He called on Congress to prevent a deepening disaster.
Stressing that Puerto Rico, a United States territory, deserved the same treatment as hurricane-ravaged states, the governor urged Republican leaders and the federal government to move swiftly to send more money, supplies and relief workers. It was a plea echoed by Puerto Rico’s allies in Congress, who are pushing for quick movement on a new relief bill and a loosening of financial debt obligations for the island, which is still reeling from a corrosive economic crisis.
“Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States, can turn into a humanitarian crisis,” Governor Rosselló said. “To avoid that, recognize that we Puerto Ricans are American citizens; when we speak of a catastrophe, everyone must be treated equally.”
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Hosea wrote more than 700 years before Jesus’ ministry, yet his words are just as true for today as in his era. Imagine what our world would look like if nations practiced the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.
God’s directions are as dependable as are physical laws. The law of gravity can’t be neglected and neither can God’s moral laws. What we put into our lives will produce either life or death. Unfortunately, the words of Hosea are all-together too true for our day.
Hosea 10.13 – You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your power and in the multitude of your warriors.
Prayers for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Dear God, we pray for those suffering in Puerto Rico and in Mexico. Please move on our leaders to provide swift assistance.