Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, October 5th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump

Long-simmering tension within President Trump’s national security team spilled into public view on Wednesday as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson took the extraordinary step of calling a news conference to affirm his support for Mr. Trump, despite what associates describe as his deep frustration with the president and talk of resignation.

Mr. Tillerson praised Mr. Trump but did not deny a report that he once referred to the president as a “moron.” Mr. Trump welcomed Mr. Tillerson’s statement of support and declared “total confidence” in his secretary of state.

If Mr. Tillerson had hoped to douse questions about how long he would stay, he instead further fueled a debate about his future. Although he insisted he had never considered resigning, several people close to Mr. Tillerson said he has had to be talked out of drafting a letter of resignation on more than one occasion by his closest allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff. And they said he has regularly expressed astonishment at how little Mr. Trump understands the basics of foreign policy.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Thursday, October 5, 2017

The following brief words from Hosea are beautiful. They highlight God’s character that is magnificent beyond words. They also speak hope to men and women, who have turned away from God with ungrateful and rebellious hearts.

Hosea 14.4 – I will heal their disloyalty; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.

Prayers for Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dear God, we need your healing and a deep experience of your love. We praise you that is your nature to heal and restore.

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