Newspaper Prayers: Friday, February 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, February 10, 2017

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss – A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.

The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national security, said the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — had committed terrorist acts in the United States.

The ruling also rejected Mr. Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessments. Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy, the court said.

‘Bad Dude’? No, but Deported Anyway – By no standard of common sense or decency should Guadalupe García de Rayos have been a priority for deportation. Ms. Rayos, a 35-year-old mother of two, was arrested on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Phoenix. On Thursday she was deported to Mexico, a country she left 21 years ago. Her devastated family, including her American-born children, remains in the United States.

President Trump persists in the absurd claim that America will be safe and great again only after an assault on “bad dudes” and “criminal aliens,” whom he has promised to arrest and remove by the millions.

But Ms. Rayos fits no such definition and was no threat, though she had been living in the United States illegally since she was 14. She had been known to the authorities since she was caught in a workplace raid in Phoenix in 2008. In the years since, she would check in regularly with immigration officials, who chose not to deport her, having more important things to do.

Reading from Isaiah 7.1-9 for Friday, February 10, 2017

Isaiah chapters 7-39 are united around the theme of trust. Shall we trust human wisdom and alliances, or shall we trust in God? That is the central question. Can God be trusted? Actually trusted?

John Oswalt (Commentary on Isaiah) clearly writes, “Until a person or a nation is convinced of God’s complete trustworthiness, they cannot lay aside the lust for their own security and become God’s servant.”

Again Oswalt writes, “In every circumstance there are two perspectives, the human and the divine. It is not easy to gain the divine perspective. Yet, unless we seek it, we are always in danger of paying too much attention to the passings and paying too little attention to the significant.”

The last phrase of Isaiah 7.9 is the theme of the chapters 7-39. It well could be the theme for nations today, too. Isaiah writes, “If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all.”

Prayers for February 10, 2017

Dear God, thank you for revealing your character, plans and purposes to people. Please help individuals and nations return to a genuine trust in you. May the conversations and prayers of your followers express genuine trust in you each day.

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