Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

(If you have access to the New York Times, please read the entire article. Join in praying for those whose lives will be disrupted by this decision.)

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.

Homeland security officials said that they were ending a humanitarian program, known as Temporary Protected Status, for Salvadorans who have been allowed to live and work legally in the United States since a pair of devastating earthquakes struck their country in 2001.

Salvadorans were by far the largest group of foreigners benefiting from temporary protected status, which shielded them from deportation if they had arrived in the United States illegally. The decision came just weeks after more than 45,000 Haitians lost protections granted after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, and it suggested that others in the program, namely Hondurans, may soon lose them as well. Nicaraguans lost their protections last year.

Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Proverbs 9.10-11 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.

I have often puzzled about what the “fear of the Lord” is actually all about. This is what the “fear of the Lord” is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6.5).

When we love the Greatest Being of All with our entire being, we can expect to increase in wisdom and insight.

Prayers for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dear God, we pray that you grant world leaders the ability to live in the “fear of the Lord.”

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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