Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, May 30, 2017
Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing – This is a lengthy article about Storm Lake Iowa, where meat packing is the major industry. I have summarized the article below. If you have access to the New York Times, I think you would profit from reading the article.
Meat packing was at one time a union job that was the best employment a worker could obtain in this small Iowa town. Shifts in the meat packing industry caused the wages to drop and to remain at near entry level ($15 an hour).
Storm Lake accepted immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Africa to work in the processing plants. The transition of the community has taken place over thirty years. There has been tension, which is to be expected, when different cultures are blended into a community. However, Storm Lake is a thriving community of 11,000, where other similar towns in Iowa are dwindling. The immigrants who work long hours for low wages in one of the most dangerous industries in America are working for their children, who they dream of having education and viable professions.
Readings from Isaiah 60.1-3 for Wednesday, May 30, 2017
The light of God’s activity in the world is brighter when held in contrast to the darkness of evil. Praying people can ask for the light of God’s activity to shine more brightly in the lives of people today.
Isaiah 60.1-3 – Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Prayers for Wednesday, May 30, 2017
Dear God, we pray that the light of your character and activity will be seen in the darkness of our world today.