Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, September 6th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, September 6, 2017

After 16 Futile Years, Congress Will Try Again to Legalize ‘Dreamers’

For 16 years, advocates for legalizing young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents have tried to pass legislation to shield them from deportation. The bill was called the Dream Act, and in Congresses Democratic and Republican, and in the Bush and Obama administrations, whether by stand-alone bill or comprehensive immigration legislation, it failed again and again.

Now, with 800,000 lives in the balance and a fiercely anti-immigration current running through the Republican Party, lawmakers are being asked to try again — with a six-month deadline, to boot. The prospects for success after more than a decade of false starts would already be daunting, but President Trump may have made the odds even longer after he promised voters last year that Republicans would take a hard line on immigration, then punted the issue to Congress.

His invitation to lawmakers on Tuesday to “do something and do it right” for the so-called dreamers will run into the headwinds of his own politics. On the other hand, lawmakers who for 16 years have been unwilling to grant legal status to a sympathetic group of unauthorized immigrants may find that taking their legal status away is even harder than conferring it.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What happens when a culture turns away from God and no longer experiences a personal relationship with him? The result is an increase in sin and greed that even affects those who are responsible to lead the culture in God’s ways.

Hosea 4.7-9 – The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; they changed their glory into shame. They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity. And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways, and repay them for their deeds.

If you recall the early chapters of Hosea, you will hear God reach out in love, calling people to a personal relationship with him. Hosea’s words call us to examine ourselves to see whether we have been captured by God’s love or by a rebellious culture.

Prayers for Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dear God, please help us turn away from a seductive culture of greed and rebellion. May we live in a deep relationship with you.

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