Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, September 5th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path

For months, an anxious and uncertain President Trump was caught between opposing camps in the West Wing prodding him to either scrap or salvage an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors to remain in the United States.

Last week, with a key court deadline looming for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Mr. Trump, exasperated, asked his aides for “a way out” of a dilemma he created by promising to roll back the program as a presidential candidate, according to two people familiar with the exchange.

Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who had wrestled with crafting a compromise in his previous job as the president’s homeland security secretary, began consulting with Republican lawmakers and staff members for a quick fix, according to three officials familiar with the situation. He finally arrived at an inelegant solution to an intractable problem: Delaying a decision on the final fate of about 800,000 “Dreamers” covered by President Barack Obama’s executive action for six months, and putting it on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to the problem.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The “knowledge of God” is a prominent theme in the book of Hosea. This knowledge is not theoretical knowing about God. It is knowing God in a personal relationship. Our culture knows so little about God by experience. The result is that we know too little about faithfulness or loyalty. Instead, we have great experiential knowledge of swearing, lying, stealing, and more.

Hosea 4.1-3 – Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel; for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land. Swearing, lying, and murder, and stealing and adultery break out; bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who live in it languish.

God invites our world today to change our mind about what is actually important. He seeks a dynamic, life-changing personal relationship with us. He desires that our experiential knowledge of him would determine our behavior.

Prayers for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dear God, we respond to your love today. We return to you to live in a personal relationship with you.

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