Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, May 11th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, May 11, 2017

7 Years After Arrest and Outcry, Young Woman Again Faces Deportation – Jessica Colotl embodied the debate over illegal immigration when she was locked up for 37 days and nearly sent back to Mexico after an Atlanta-area police officer caught her driving without a license in 2010.

To supporters, including her sorority sisters, the president of her college and the immigrant advocates who publicized her case, hers was an example of police overreach and the need to safeguard ambitious young students from deportation. To others, she was an illegal immigrant, plain and simple, who also was abusing the system by attending a public college at discounted tuition. 

She returned to college — paying full price, because of a new Georgia law inspired by her case — completed her degree and qualified for a program started by President Barack Obama in 2012, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects some undocumented youth from deportation.

“Since then, I have been working and doing well for myself,” Ms. Colotl, now 28, said in an interview this week. “I thought that all the legal battles were behind me.”

That was until Ms. Colotl, who was brought to the United States by her parents as a child, learned Monday that her DACA status had been revoked, thrusting her into the national immigration debate anew.

With a new president in the White House, she is once again facing deportation.

Readings from Isaiah 54.4-5 for Thursday, May 11, 2017

In the midst of pain and the loss of hope, God’s word reminds us that he is present for us. Notice the thoughts of verse 5. This verse states who God is for us.

Isaiah 54.4-5 – Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. 

Prayers for Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear God, that you for your character that never abandons the helpless. Today, the helpless and vulnerable look to you for your loving assistance.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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