Can there still be life?
One month since the explosion, a search and rescue team from Chile believes it found a pulse.
Buried deep under the rubble of a collapsed building in Beirut, the dig requires utmost speed and all precaution.
Just like the rescue of Lebanon.
One month since the cabinet resigned, a reform or sanction president from France believes he has a plan.
With a schedule full of specific details, his roadmap requires difficult consensus and political sacrifice.
And to welcome his efforts, political leadership rallied to appoint a new prime minister.
Like the one before him, he is a political novice without popular backing. He pledges swift formation of a small cabinet.
Can he rescue Lebanon?
The protest movement rejected him as the next desperate patchwork solution of a discredited political class. But as their street mobilization wanes, they celebrated a civil society victory.
The World Bank pulled back funding for a controversial dam. Dismissing their fears over environmental impact, a politician lamented that Lebanon would one day need the water.
God, is Lebanon’s pulse at the level of thirst?
As inflation and poverty continue to plague, give each man his daily bread.
Give wisdom to the new prime minister. Increase his authority, as he follows your roadmap. Help him judge how it fits with the French.
And may Chile discover someone alive. But it now appears the pulse has faded. No survivors.
Thank you for hope, God, however fleeting. You rallied so many Lebanese behind them.
They long for a miracle. Give them living water. Give them new life.
Utmost speed with all precaution, God. Difficult consensus and personal sacrifice.
Keep Lebanon alive.
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.