Lebanon needs a government. Lebanon needs accountability.
In their absence, fires burn.
An alleged welding accident sparked the most recent blaze, retraumatizing many. They opened their windows, fearing a blast.
And in poured the smoke.
Every solution yields a problem.
Those who can, flee to the mountains. Those more able, take refuge abroad.
And some board a dinghy, desperate for Cyprus. Asylum seems their only hope.
But the West complicates also.
The French demand a capable cabinet. Their deadline is looming.
The Americans sanction accused politicians. Their reach is growing.
Every proposal undoes another.
Politicians jockey over portfolios. Donated tea is given to guards. Protesters rally against all complicit.
An audit of central bank finance begins.
God, the nation needs your cooling water. The nation needs your fiery rebuke.
Help Lebanon listen. Help Lebanon heal.
So many issues require consensus. Bring leaders together to do what is right.
They differ substantially over the vision. Keep sectarian interest from making them blind.
And of personal interest, God, hold them accountable.
Every sin compounds, corrupting the whole.
Be righteous. Be just. May the intersection spare the people.
But no one is innocent before you, God. Let each repent of their fair share.
Let it not be too late, God. A fire consumes without discrimination.
You are a consuming fire.
Refine, but do not devour.
Remember the beauty here you have created. Remember your image stitched into each soul. Remember the freedom enjoyed by so many.
Let every heart burn, but only for you.
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.