Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, December 13th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alabama Says No to Trump’s Tribalism

(Excerpts from an editorial by Thomas Friedman)

There are so many things I could say right now after watching Doug Jones defeat Roy Moore in the Senate race in Alabama, but for me it comes down to just two words: “Thank you.”

Thank you to the majority of Alabamians for loving our country more than you hated Democrats. Thank you for voting as citizens, not as members of a tribe. Thank you for understanding that sending a credibly accused child molester to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate would not only have denigrated your state, it would have denigrated that whole legislative body. Thank you for seeing the decency of Doug Jones, even though he is a Democrat, and seeing the indecency of Roy Moore.

And most of all, thank you for sending a message to Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon that you are not as dumb as they think you are. That you see what they are up to — trying to use divisive tweets and racist dog whistles to get as many Americans as possible so aroused and inflamed that they won’t think about the real issues, they won’t think about the actual candidates, they won’t think about the national interest, or even their own self-interest, but just how much they dislike “the other” — and you’re not buying it any more.

God bless every one of you. Yours was a deeply patriotic act.

Readings from Proverbs for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I am directionally challenged. The GPS on my phone is a lifesaver. Without it I would spend hours attempting to find places in my travels.

I am also directionally challenged in life. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,” is more than the words of a hymn. It is the truth of my life. Without the GPS of God’s word, I am lost. I need this word every day, all day long.

Proverbs 6.20-23 – My child, keep your father’s commandment, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light.

Prayers for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dear God, please help us to read and align our lives with your Bible.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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