Over 150 people are dead in a disaster off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. An equal number of would-be migrants were rescued, but the majority remain unaccounted for.
Most on board the overloaded fishing boat were Egyptian, with a sizable segment of other nationalities. Turkey and Libya hold international focus as a launching pad of refugees to Europe, but Egypt has tended to stay out of the headlines.
The armed forces have intercepted many efforts, and tragedy has not been a media marker. Until now.
God, have mercy on the souls of those who perished. Put right the world of those who remain alive.
Put right the world.
Egypt is refining its legislative deterrent, upping the punishment for human trafficking. But the president also calls for greater investment in areas with people more likely to flee.
Help Egypt to right its own ship economically, even as she integrates refugees from elsewhere. Give wisdom to Europe in who she takes in. Give prosperity to her neighbors, that none need apply.
And give contentment to those dreaming of a better life elsewhere. May they know your peace, which can settle any soul. May they know your power, which seeks the good of all.
But for now, may those in transit know your comfort. May those who find them extend your grace.
Put right the world, God. Too many are drowning. Put right Egypt, may she rescue many.