Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, March 29th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, March 29, 2018

These Kids Could Tutor World Leaders

(Below are excerpts from an editorial by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.)

NDONGA, Central African Republic — This remote village doesn’t have an official school, and there’s no functioning government to build one. So the villagers, desperate to improve their children’s lives, used branches and leaves to construct their own dirt-floor schoolhouse.

It has no electricity, windows or desks, and it doesn’t keep out rain or beetles, but it does imbue hope, discipline and dreams. The 90 pupils sitting on bamboo benches could tutor world leaders about the importance of education — even if the kids struggle with the most basic challenges.

“Tragically, aid to education has been falling since 2010,” says Julia Gillard, a former Australian prime minister who now leads the Global Partnership for Education, an international effort to support schooling in poor countries.

The United States talks a good game about global education, but it has never made a huge commitment. President Barack Obama promised as a candidate to start a $2 billion global education fund, but nothing more was heard about it. As for President Trump, he actually wants to slash aid, although Congress boosted support for the Global Partnership.

The U.S. has invested enormously in the military toolbox to reshape the world, but it has systematically underinvested in the education toolbox. The trade-offs are substantial: For the cost of deploying one U.S. soldier abroad for a year, we can start at least 20 schools.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Thursday, March 29, 2018

One of the great promises that Jesus gives people is this. He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7.37-38).

When we are open to the activity of Jesus and when we are willing to let his goodness flow from us to others, we experience the “rivers of living water.” This figure of speech refers to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

My prayer is that readers of my blog will follow Jesus’ desired pattern of activity. He was always open to the direction of the heavenly Father and always open to the need around him. Jesus was the perfect example of someone who experienced rivers of living water.

Jesus did not limit the experience of living water to himself. He wants it for all of us. Let’s seek openness to both a life with Jesus through the Spirit and openness to the needs around and see what God does with our inside condition.

Prayers for Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dear God, please help people of faith to both reach out to you and to the needy of this world.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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