Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, March 20th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How This Great Cup Is Giving Back

(This article is in the advertising section of the New York Times on-line. It is a story about Peet’s Coffee.)

From the lush green hills of Rwanda, the farmer Mediatrice Uwamariya looks out on the 1,700 trees her family cultivates. “Life has changed because of coffee,” she says.

Since Uwamariya started growing coffee in 1997, she says her production has quadrupled. Her family’s quality of life now reflects the windfall that many smallholder farmers have enjoyed thanks to shifts in growing practices and increased demand from specialty buyers like Peet’s Coffee.

“Because of coffee, we get school fees for our kids, we raise animals — cows, goats and chickens,” says Uwamariya. “We bought this land and built a new house.”

Peet and his cafes popularized the concept of hand roasting and brewing high-quality beans for modern American palates, becoming the archetype for myriad coffee businesses in the decades that followed. Today, his eponymous brand is giving back to the farmers behind its coffee.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

John 2.17 states the purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world. John writes, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Salvation is not just getting a ticket to heaven, as important as that may be. Salvation is also deliverance from what I have been and what I could be apart from God’s love. In the church where I work, many people have been delivered from drugs, crime, and over-all brokenness. They are trophies of God’s grace and demonstrate what God’s love and mercy can do when received.

Prayers for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dear God, we thank you for your life-changing love.

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