Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, November 21st

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

After Homelessness, He Longs for a ‘Space to Call My Own’

(A am attempting to find stories of hope to include with the blog. This article about Mr. Ford is one of them.)

Evening walks along the boardwalk in Coney Island brought Keith Ford a modicum of peace when he was homeless. The dulcet sounds of crashing waves, he said, countered his anxiety during that turbulent time.

After his meditative ambling, Mr. Ford would board an F train and ride it back and forth for the remainder of the night. He stole sleep in one-hour spurts, waking when the subway cars reached the end of the line, then hopping aboard a train going the opposite direction.

Mr. Ford’s transience began in fall 2013 while he was a senior in high school. He and his mother were not getting along, Mr. Ford said recently, and he could no longer live in her home. Despite his precarious circumstances, he remained dedicated to his education.

“I believe that through hard work and dedication, I can be where I want to be,” Mr. Ford said. “I would never want to look at any situation of adversity as ‘I can’t make it through.’”

At Green City Force, he met his fiancée, Tanaeja Wright, and they plan to wed in 2020. The couple are living with her family in East New York, Brooklyn, while they search for their own apartment.

“I long for a space to call my own,” Mr. Ford said. “And I’m willing to accept the responsibly that comes with it.”

Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It is difficult to say “no” to ourselves. Discipline is saying “no” to a lesser choice so that we may obtain a greater good. Athletic coaches challenge their players to do what they don’t want to do, so they can obtain what they all want.

Our loving God imposes his discipline not to hurt, but to bless. Like the wise coach, God teaches us to say “no” to the lesser things in life, so we can embrace the greatest good of all.

Proverbs 3.11-12 – My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Prayers for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear God, we embrace your “no,” so we can experience your great “yes” in life.

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