Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, November 13, 2017
How War Created the Cholera Epidemic in Yemen
The quality of mercy is strained in the Middle East. Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the highways, sea routes and airports in war-torn Yemen, forbidding humanitarian groups from even shipping chlorine tablets for the Yemenis suffering from a cholera epidemic. More than 500,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year and nearly 2,000, mostly children, have died, according to the World Health Organization. The International Red Cross expects about a million people to be infected by cholera in Yemen by December.
The spread of cholera in Yemen glaringly illustrates how disease follows in the wake of bombs.
The seeds of the epidemic were planted in 2015, when a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and backed by the United States joined the fighting in Yemen on behalf of the ousted president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been forced out by Houthi rebels. The rebels, who are backed by Iran, today control the capital, Sana, and most of the territory along the country’s Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia imposed the most recent blockade after the Houthis fired a missile at Riyadh.
Readings from Proverbs for Monday, November 13, 2017
Steven Covey in his classic book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” told the story of a man who climbed the ladder of success only to discover that it was leaned against the wrong building.
The author of Proverbs encourages us to climb another ladder to success – to discover the knowledge of God. The “knowledge of God” is much more than the accumulation of information about God. It is to personally know him. The greatest search in which a human can engage is to know the Greatest Being of All.
Proverbs 2.1-5 – My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures— then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Prayers for Monday, November 13, 2017
Dear God, please give humanity the faith and desire to seek you with our whole heart.