Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, February 15th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida School Shooting Death Toll Is at 17 and Could Rise

(Note: In Missouri an 18 year-old can purchase a gun, but has to be 25 years-old to rent a car. Is there some lack of wisdom here?)

A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an hour northwest of Miami on Wednesday, opening fire on terrified students and teachers and leaving a death toll of 17 that could rise even higher, the authorities said.

Students huddled in horror in their classrooms, with some of them training their cellphones on the carnage, capturing sprawled bodies, screams and gunfire that began with a few shots and then continued with more and more. The dead included students and adults, some of whom were shot outside the school and others inside the sprawling three-story building.

The gunman, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, the authorities said. He began his shooting rampage outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in this suburban neighborhood shortly before dismissal time around 2:40 p.m. He then made his way inside and proceeded down hallways he knew well, firing at students and teachers who were scurrying for cover, the authorities said.

The story continues in the New York Times on-line.

Readings from Proverbs for Thursday, February 15, 2018

“Fool” is a very strong word. Jesus had particular condemnation for those who called others “fool” (Matthew 5.22).

The kindest thing we can say about a “fool” is that this person lacks wisdom, discernment and understanding. Proverbs advises us to completely avoid listening and learning from such a person.

On the other hand, obtaining direction from a wise person is approved over-and-over in the Proverbs. Who is the wisest person to walk the face of the earth? Jesus. We can learn from him by reading the four Gospels that begin the New Testament. We can ask Jesus’ direction through prayer.

Proverbs 14.7-8 – Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not find words of knowledge. It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go,

Prayers for Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dear God please grant world leaders the ability to discern between foolish and wise directions.

Bob Spradlinghand-sunlight-1-of-1

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