Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, September 15, 2017
Trump’s Support for Law to Protect ‘Dreamers’ Lifts Its Chances
An unexpected meeting of the minds between President Trump and Democratic leaders on Thursday made real a possible deal in Congress to pair enhanced border security with legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
One day after Mr. Trump hosted Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi for dinner at the White House, the president said he could support legislation to protect the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation if it were accompanied by a “massive” border security upgrade. Acceding to a key Democratic demand, Mr. Trump said such a package did not need to have funding for a border wall.
It was the second time this month that a tentative agreement announced by Democrats left Republican leaders in Congress scrambling to adjust a legislative agenda that appears increasingly set by the party out of power in the House, the Senate and the White House.
“We’re working on a plan for DACA,” Mr. Trump told reporters, referring to protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as he prepared to leave the White House for Florida. He added, “The wall will come later.”
And Republican leaders at least sounded open to pursuing it.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Friday, September 15, 2017
Hosea 7.14-15 – They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; they gash themselves for grain and wine; they rebel against me. It was I who trained and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against me.
I write these blog articles sitting in an easy chair where air conditioning keeps me cool in summer and heat keeps me warm in winter. I’ve only been hungry, during times of fasting. The situation during Hosea’s day was far different from mine. Their very existence was at stake, not just their comfort.
In the midst of deep distress they cried to God. However, they mingled a heart of rebellion with their prayers. They revealed their lack of the knowledge of God in that they didn’t know God was the One who gave them strength.
Prayerful self-examination is a tremendous practice that will help us not fall prey to the behavior that Hosea criticized.
Prayers for Friday, September 15, 2017
Dear God, please help us to truly know ourselves and to know you and your ways.