Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, March 21st

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

South Korea’s Leader Floats 3-Way Talks With Trump and Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said on Wednesday that he and President Trump could sit down for a three-way summit meeting with Kim Jong-un if their individual meetings with the North Korean leader on denuclearizing his country proceed well in the coming weeks.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim are planning an inter-Korean summit in late April at Peace House, a South Korean conference hall inside Panmunjom, the so-called truce village that straddles the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, separating the two Koreas.

That meeting is expected to be followed by a planned Trump-Kim summit meeting by May. If that meeting takes place, Mr. Trump will be the first-ever sitting American president to meet a North Korean leader; Washington and Pyongyang are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War was halted with a truce, rather than a peace treaty.

While presiding over a meeting Wednesday of government officials preparing for the inter-Korean summit, Mr. Moon attached great significance to the venue for his coming meeting with Mr. Kim.

“The North Korea-United States summit, which will follow the inter-Korean summit, will itself be a momentous event in world history,” Mr. Moon said. “Depending on where the meeting takes place, it will look even more dramatic, and depending on progress, there can be a three-way summit among South and North Korea and the United States.”

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

Readings from the Gospel of John for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

John 4 is largely devoted to how Jesus built bridges and broke down barriers. Most significantly, Jesus revealed to a woman that he was the Messiah. Jewish men were not supposed to speak to women, but this did not keep the love of Jesus from reaching out to this woman.

The woman was part of a race of people who were enemies of Jews. The two races did things to antagonize each other, much like the ethnic and tribal conflicts that are prevalent today. Jesus did not allow race to keep his love from reaching this woman.

The result of Jesus’ encounter with this woman was that an entire community came to know Jesus for who he is.

Please join me today in asking God to help his church build bridges to those who are different from us and possibly even disagreeable to us.

Prayers for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear God, please help your people to build bridges to those who are alienated from us.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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