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Monday, May 15, 2006

Current events and scripture. . .

This was a good example of an article about current events and how easily scripture could have been incorporated into the story. The article by John Iwasaki appeared in the May 5th issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and was titled "Nation raises its voice in prayer" in response to an event highlighting the National Day of Prayer.

He writes:
"They prayed for President Bush, Congress and Gov. Christine Gregoire. They asked God to bless moms and dads, teachers and students, cops and physicians. They sought divine guidance and human compassion.

"If the requests to the Almighty seemed ambitious, it might be because participants at the National Day of Prayer gathering Thursday at Westlake Park were confident in the object of their devotion.

"All these proposals we have, we can't do them without God," said the Rev. Emmanuel Iweh, a Nigerian native who leads St. Mary Magdalene Church in Everett. "With God, we can do everything."

The story went on to discuss other National Day of Prayer events, both locally and statewide. It also quoted President Bush's statements made at a service in Washington, D.C. where he said "prayer humbles us by reminding us of our place in creation. Prayer strengthens us by reminding us that God loves and cares for each and every soul in His creation. And prayer blesses us by reminding us that there is a divine plan that stands above all human plans."

While this was a news report, including a quotation of scripture from one of the story's sources would be a good way to weave biblical truth into the story. This piece could have easily cited Matthew 19:26 ". . . with God all things are possible." We will encourage this author to include scripture in future articles and enter the Amy Writing Awards.

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