Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, October 16, 2017
Mogadishu Truck Bombings Are Deadliest Attack in Decades
When a double truck bombing shattered the night in Mogadishu on Saturday, rescue workers began the grim search for survivors that has become all too common as Somalia battles an Islamist insurgency. They picked through burned-out cars and hunted as best they could in a collapsed hotel.
But it was only on Sunday, as emergency workers pulled body after body from the rubble of a nearly leveled downtown street, that the magnitude of the latest attack came into focus. The numbers of dead surged from 20 on Saturday night to more than 270 and counting, according to government officials. More than 300 people were injured.
“This is the deadliest incident I ever remember” since the 1990s, when the government collapsed, a shaken Senator Abshir Ahmed said in a Facebook posting.
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Monday, October 16, 2017
750 years before the time of Jesus Christ, Amos brought God’s message to the northern kingdom, Israel. The first two chapters of Amos reveal God’s judgment on nations. He judges them for the following reasons:
Amos 1.3-5 – Merciless strategies in time of war
Amos 1.6 – Causing large numbers of people to be displaced
Amos 1.9 – Human trafficking
Amos 1.11 – Genocide
Amos 1.13 – Crimes against women
Amos 2.4 – Rejecting God’s revealed will
Amos 2.6-8 – Oppression of the poor and vulnerable
Do these indictments look like what we normally see in the media each day? The role of praying people is to ask God for forgiveness and to ask him to turn the evil of our world into righteousness.
Prayers for Monday, October 16, 2017
Dear God, help the nations of the world to return to your ways.