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Daily News and Prayer is inspired by The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most important (and most underappreciated) newspapers in the world. Posts are usually (but not always) responses to articles in the Monitor about events and trends that call for prayer.

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Friday
Jul312015

Cecil the lion

A reader asked me to address the issue of the American trophy hunting dentist who lured a loved lion out of a preserve in Zimbabwe, then shot and killed it, planning to mount its head on his office wall. He has been blasted on social media as a bloodthirsty American with too much money and no regard for life.

Those who read this blog regularly, I believe, I feel an obligation to try to do something constructive when news gets rough. There’s a good Bible verse worth considering now (Isa. 11:6): “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

Each of us can be that little child, nurturing in our own lives a state of mind that rejects both physical and mental violence. Until you and I can say that we will never seek violence of any kind against another being – never hate, never lie, never envy, never covet – it behooves us to just pray right now for how to bring peace where we live, and be humble.

 

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