Is Lebanon simply spinning its wheels? Could success come instead by rotating portfolios?
A deadline to form a new government has passed. Agreed by political parties with France, France then said there is no deadline.
Will then the pattern of negotiation return? Will it be months until government forms?
Months in extension of Lebanese suffering.
Following US announcement to sanction their allies, Shiite parties insist on keeping the Finance Ministry.
Sunni parties say all ministries should rotate. No sect should have exclusive claim.
But finance is money, and money is power. Power to place or withhold a signature.
No government policy proceeds without it.
In possession do they dominate, God? In absence are they squeezed?
What is fair? What is right? What is good?
Not the paralysis that stymies formation. Not the insistence that prevents reform.
God, weigh the intentions of all foreign nations. Bless them accordingly, to the degree that they help.
But weigh also each sect in its various politics.
Do they seek domination? Do they need to be squeezed?
From abroad, from the people, from their consciences, God, help them find consensus.
For profit, for power, for patriotism, God, lead them to what is right.
Your principles of service, of sacrifice, of sharing.
God does Lebanon run, only in circles? Is it only a gear, turned by agenda?
Plant her cedars, make them strong. May the birds of the air come and nest in their branches.
And may the people rest in their shade.
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.