Newspaper Prayers: Friday, May 19th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, May 19, 2017

Immigration Arrests Rise Sharply as a Trump Mandate Is Carried Out – Immigration arrests shot up 38 percent in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday, one of the first clear indications that the president’s hard-line policies are being carried out on a grand scale. 

While President Trump’s more attention-grabbing ideas have been blocked or stalled, like building a border wall and temporarily stopping travel from some Muslim-majority countries, the statistics released by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement suggested that the more street-level aspects of his immigration agenda have achieved significant results, and quickly.

From Jan. 22 to April 29, ICE officers arrested 41,318 people, at a rate of more than 400 people per day, compared with 30,028 over roughly the same period in 2016, the data showed.

Readings from Isaiah 56.6-7 for Friday, May 19, 2017

Jesus Christ consistently lifted up people who were put down by society and included those who were excluded by other. Jesus demonstrates that God has a special place in his heart for foreigners. When he drove the money-changers from the temple, he quoted from Isaiah and declared that God’s house was for all peoples.

Isaiah 56.6-7 – And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 

Prayers for Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear God, may America return to the roots of our heritage and receive immigrants in the spirit of Christ.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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