Newspaper Prayers: Monday, April 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 9, 2018

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. He blamed Iran and Russia — even singling out President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia by name — for their support of the Syrian government.

“Big price to pay,” he wrote, without providing details.

(The article continues in the New York Times on-line.)

Readings from the Gospel of John for Monday, April 9, 2018

Great leaders are willing to sacrifice. Genuine leadership is motivated by love and care for those whom we are leading. Jesus is the supreme example of sacrificial leadership, as we can see from the verses below.

John 10.11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Vs. 15 – “I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Vs. 17 – “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.”

Vs. 18 – “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

As we consider Jesus’ leadership, let’s pray for leaders who imitate him. Let’s also choose to follow his example.

Prayers for Monday, April 9, 2018

Dear God, please raise up servant leaders for the needs of our world.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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