Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After White House Issues Demands, Hopes for an Immigration Deal Dim

The list of hard-line immigration demands that President Trump said he needs to back protections for young undocumented immigrants triggered a furious response on Monday from Democrats and immigration activists, who gave no indication they were willing to strike any deal.

More important, it exposed a largely unspoken truth in the capital: Nearly a month after Democratic leaders and Mr. Trump celebrated the possibility of a bipartisan immigration deal, no such agreement appears on the horizon. Instead, any agreement that would shield about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation will depend on how far Democrats are willing to push the government toward a shutdown in mid-December, when a stopgap spending bill expires.

On Sunday night, the White House issued a “framework” for an immigration deal that would protect so-called “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. The demands included a wall across the southern border, 10,000 new immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum, the denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” and an end to people bringing their extended family into the United States.

Readings from the Prophet Joel for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The first eleven verses of the second chapter of Joel further describe the plague of locusts. Notice how Joel calls for deep, not superficial, repentance.

One man said, “God and I have a deal. He likes to forgive and I like to sin.” That kind of attitude toward God may be common in our day, but is not what Joel is calling for. His call is for people to leave their self-sufficiency behind and to completely rely on God.

The promise is that through repentance will be met by God’s gracious character and restoration of life.

Joel 2.12-13 – Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.

Prayers for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dear God, may our nation return to a faithful and loving relationship with you.

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