Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, January 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

El Salvador Again Feels the Hand of Washington Shaping Its Fate

SAN SALVADOR — In the streets of this congested capital of winding streets and hillside warrens, shock is giving way to bitterness.

Many older residents still recall with anger the United States’ support for the government during the 12-year civil war, which sent hundreds of thousands fleeing to America for safety.

They remember, too, the return of some of those same refugees, who during their time in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Los Angeles formed violent criminal gangs — MS-13 and 18th Street — that now permeate every facet of life in their small nation.

And they have not forgotten how gang violence drove 120,000 fearful children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to enter the United States through Mexico from 2014 through 2016. Many others never made it.

On Tuesday, after the Trump administration’s decision to cancel a program that gave nearly 200,000 Salvadorans temporary status to live and work in the United States following a pair of deadly earthquakes in 2001, many Salvadorans feel the heavy hand of Washington will again shape the fate of this country.

“It’s going to be chaos,” said Bertila Parada, whose son built a life and a family in the United States, benefitting from the so-called Temporary Protection Status granted by the United States. “He gave them 19 years of work, and how do they repay him? They tell him, ‘Get out of here.’”

Mrs. Parada, speaking in San Salvador, said the country was “in no condition” to take back the 200,000 Salvadorans by the September 2019 deadline.

“When they return to the places where they were born, they’ll be unknowns,” she predicted. “They’ve been away for 20 years.”

Readings from Proverbs for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Righteous people are those who are able and willing to follow directions from the wisest Being of all, God. A full life is the frequent promise to such people.

Self-will and self-interest does not profit individuals and nations. This is a consistent theme in the Bible and in history.

Proverbs 10.2 – Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Prayers for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dear God, please enable world leaders to align their lives with your loving will.

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