Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, December 18, 2017
(Today I am presenting a series of headlines about Venezuela. Let’s join in prayer for the vulnerable in this country.)
Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. But in the last three years its economy has collapsed.
Hunger has gripped the nation for years. Now, it’s killing children.
The Venezuelan government knows, but won’t admit it.
For five months, The New York Times tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died.
Readings from Proverbs for Monday, December 18, 2017
According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, prudence is the ability to govern ourselves by the use of reason and wisdom.
There is no substitute for a daily connection with Jesus Christ through Bible reading and prayer. I have spiritual friends who were once without God and hopeless in the world (Ephesians 2.12). They are now living directed by their relationship with Jesus.
Proverbs 8.1-5 – Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
Prayers for Monday, December 18, 2017
Dear God, please grant the leaders and aid workers in Venezuela wisdom and prudence.