Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 11th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Justice Ginsburg Urges New Citizens to Make America Better

Bedecked in a multicolored collar that reflected the diversity of the 201 new citizens before her, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over a naturalization ceremony on Tuesday at the New-York Historical Society, treating her rapt audience to a history lesson, one crackling with life and liberty.

Justice Ginsburg told them that her own father arrived in this country at 13 with no fortune and no ability to speak English, and yet, she would soon be administering the oath of citizenship to them as a member of the highest court in the land.

Across the packed rows of seats at the historical society’s Upper West Side theater sat people from 59 countries, with first names like Islam, Hussein, Kazi, Angie and Sunday, and with professions as diverse as pastors and pediatric cancer doctors. Two men from Guinea sat in the third row and learned they were both named Mamadou Alpha Diallo, both taxi drivers.

“We are a nation made strong by people like you,” Justice Ginsburg said.

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

Readings from the Gospel of John for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

There is a fascinating discussion between Martha and Jesus in John, chapter 11.

Martha had asked Jesus to come to her aid, because her brother was very sick. Jesus delayed his coming and Martha said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11.21).

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11.25-26).

Martha’s response was to say, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world” (John 11.27).

Jesus proved his words to Martha by raising her brother from the dead. He absolutely authenticated his message by dying on a cross and raising from the dead three days later.

The story of Jesus’ life is all about life. I think that is why I am passionate about giving immigrants an opportunity to thrive in our country. Our country’s history with immigrants is tragic at times. Japanese Americans were put in camps during World War II. At the same time, we severely limited Jewish people to come to our nation, as they were being slaughtered by Hitler’s minions. Today, we are focused on Spanish speaking immigrants.

I don’t have the answers for the issues that face our nation. However, I can pray for the life that Jesus gives to be available to all. Please join me in this kind of praying.

Prayers for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dear God, may we all experience the abundant life your Son came to give us.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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