Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, March 14th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

National School Walkout: Florida Shooting Spurs Protests Today

Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, will stand up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

The 17-minute protests unfolding at hundreds of schools are intended to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and will come 10 days before major protests in Washington and elsewhere.

Here’s what to know:

• Students are scheduled to leave classrooms at 10 a.m. in their local time zones.

• School administrators have been grappling with how to respond. Some districts have welcomed or even tacitly encouraged walkouts, while others have threatened disciplinary action against students who participate.

• It is unlikely that officials in Washington will quickly heed the demands of the students. Although Florida last week raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21 and extended the waiting period to three days, President Trump on Monday abandoned his pledge to seek national-level reforms that the National Rifle Association opposed.

This article continues in the New York Times on-line.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Jesus and his follower attended a wedding in a small town. At one point in the wedding event, they ran out of wine. Jesus’ mother said to him, “The wine has run out” (John 2.3).

Mary’s simple statement is a perfect example of prayer. Prayer is bringing our needs to Jesus and leaving them there. Prayer recognizes that we don’t add anything to Jesus’ power to bring about good on the earth. Prayer is simply telling him our needs and trusting him to act.

One wise person once said, “Work like everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God.” As we consider world events, let’s bring them to God in prayer and do what we can do to make the world a better place.

Prayers for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dear God, today we bring to you the need for peace and safety in our schools.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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