Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, November 6, 2017
Commerce Secretary’s Offshore Ties to Putin ‘Cronies’
After becoming commerce secretary, Wilbur L. Ross Jr. retained investments in a shipping firm he once controlled that has significant business ties to a Russian oligarch subject to American sanctions and President Vladimir V. Putin’s son-in-law, according to newly disclosed documents.
The shipper, Navigator Holdings, earns millions of dollars a year transporting gas for one of its top clients, a giant Russian energy company called Sibur, whose owners include the oligarch and Mr. Putin’s family member. Despite selling off numerous other holdings to join the Trump administration and spearhead its “America first” trade policy, Mr. Ross kept an investment in Navigator, which increased its business dealings with Sibur even as the West sought to punish Russia’s energy sector over Mr. Putin’s incursions into Ukraine.
Readings from Proverbs for Monday, November 6, 2017
If I give you verbal directions to a distant location, you may easily forget a crucial turn. If I give you written directions, turn-by-turn, the trip will be much easier.
Our loving God, the wisest Being of all, has given us written directions for life. As we follow his directions, we will gain wisdom, insight, and the ability to manage well our daily affairs (prudence).
Proverbs 1.3-6 – [The Proverbs are] for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Prayers for Monday, November 6, 2017
Dear God, we come to you today to obtain the best direction possible for our lives.