Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, September 14th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pelosi and Schumer Say They Have Deal With Trump to Replace DACA

Democratic leaders on Wednesday night declared that they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president’s proposed wall.

The Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, said in a joint statement that they had a “very productive” dinner meeting with the president at the White House that focused on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said.

In its own statement, the White House was far more muted, mentioning DACA as merely one of several issues that were discussed, including tax reform and infrastructure. It called the meeting, which came a week after the president struck a stunning spending-and-debt deal with the Democratic leaders, “a positive step toward the president’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions.”

But the bipartisan comity appeared to have its limits. In a tweet, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, disputed the Democrats’ characterization of Mr. Trump’s stance on the border wall. “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she wrote.

Mr. Schumer’s communications director, Matt House, fired back on Twitter: “The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement.”

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Thursday, September 14, 2017

The people speak of their confidence in God’s action in Hosea 6.1-3. God’s response is in verses 4-6.

Hosea 6.4-6 – What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light. For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

I personally feel convicted by God’s assessment of my love for God when he says, “Your love is like a morning cloud.” How often I pledge my love during my morning devotion, but lose out to wrong attitudes and actions as the day goes along.

God desires steadfast love and a personal knowledge of him. In fact, God has made us for love. He has created us so that we can know him in a relationship characterized by love. How dramatically different is steadfast love from “morning cloud” love.

Prayer for Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear God, may we know you in a relationship that is characterized by steadfast love.

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