The nations encircle. The government falls. The army entrenches. The investigation begins.
Beirut still smolders.
There is great need for leaders, and Lebanon has many. Bless and guide them all.
The Christian president will not cede sovereignty, to allow outsiders assigning blame for the blast.
The Shiite speaker of parliament increases military jurisdiction, to quiet the streets.
The Sunni prime minister resigns his post, to protest corruption preventing reform.
But each sect has alternatives.
A Christian in opposition calls for early elections.
A Shiite in support accuses some of stoking civil war.
A Sunni in waiting backs an international probe.
There is another probe pending. A UN tribunal will soon give verdict on who killed his father.
While fallout continues over international peace. Two regional powers normalize ties.
God, the lines are sharpening. Too many crisscross the cedars.
Let truth be made known, whoever pronounces it.
Let order prevail, in each disciplined heart.
Let protest find outlet, till transparency comes.
God, shield the nation from foreign agendas. Welcome the aid, with all expertise.
But let every decision come from consensus. Let every decision conform with your will.
Hold accountable the guilty. Marginalize the manipulative. Redeem all repentant long given to cheat.
Lift up the nation through prayer and humility. Bring forth her leaders to do what is right.
At every level of leadership, God, give clarity. Give courage. Give conviction.
Lebanon is truly a state of emergency.
Be its healer. Be its rescue.
Be its God.
Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.
It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.
It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.
How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.