To present an idea, men come together. To discuss, they meet. Three conferences this week convened weighty issues.
Human contact helps relations. Human hubris may drive apart. But the ideas matter, and make a difference.
President Sisi presented the accomplishments of his four years in office. From national projects to economic reform, it may be the prelude to his reelection campaign.
God, give eyes to the people to see Egypt rightly. Where there is success, to celebrate. Where there is question, to examine. And whether or not he runs again, to vote.
The Azhar rallied for the sanctity of Jerusalem after US disruption of the status quo. Muslim and Christian, Palestinian and Arab, it aims to increase pressure from the international community.
God, give eyes to the world to see Israel rightly. Where there is negotiation, to encourage. Where there is posturing, to expose. And whether or not an embassy moves, to seek justice.
The Nile River commanded the attention of Egypt and Ethiopia. The two presidents met to revive deliberation on a steadily constructing dam.
God, give eyes to the nations to see water rightly. Where there is complication, to study. Where there is stalling, to speed. And whether or not consensus emerges, to drink.
Let the ideas settle. Let the conviction impact. Let the people reflect.
And in the end, God, reveal the right path forward. Let men meet and talk, but first pray. Be not absent, in any conference.