Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rex Tillerson Arrives in Mexico Facing Twin Threats to Relations – The Trump administration calls the visit a step toward mutual understanding, a way to move the relationship forward.
But as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, twin threats hung over the frayed relationship between the two nations: President Trump’s new orders to round up and deport immigrants who are in the United States illegally, and a separate effort to take a hard look at all American aid to Mexico, possibly using it to pay for a border wall instead.
Newspapers here have described the Trump administration’s new deportation policies in apocalyptic terms, saying in some cases that they represented “war” on the millions of Mexicans in the United States.
But perhaps even more worrisome to Mexico is the threat to deport to millions of its citizens who, with settled lives and jobs in the United States, provide most of the nearly $25 billion in remittance payments to Mexican families every year.
Reading from Isaiah 9.8-21 for Thursday, February 23, 2017
The source of all sin, is the pride which exalts humanity above God, which makes God but a tool for the achievement of our plans and dreams. The arrogance of the people is expressed by response of the people to God’s judgment. In Isaiah 9.10 the prophet quotes the people and reveals the underlying arrogance and pride of their thoughts.
They said, “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place” (Isaiah 9.10). The pride of the people was that they could survive any disaster. In fact, they could rebuild with better materials than were previously available.
The result of arrogance is that the people are burdened by extremely ineffective leaders. Isaiah 9.16 states, “for those who led this people led them astray, and those who were led by them were left in confusion.”
The solution to the problem is to trust God. Who do you trust is the overriding theme of chapters 7-39 of the book of Isaiah.
Prayers for February 23, 2017
Dear God, we acknowledge our sin of pride which leads to unbelief, self-will and refusal to obey you. We ask you to help us to stay away from anything that keeps us from opening our spirits, souls, minds, bodies and lives to your good Spirit. We invite you to enter our lives, to abide and to reign. We trust that in you is infinite peace, undisturbed joy, and freedom from self effort and anxious care.