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Lebanon Prayer: Explosive Talk

God,

A few days late, the outburst came.

Not from the top, but in-law.

The Christian-Shiite partnership, he said: No longer working.

It brought the president his post.

But what else is accomplished?

Reform the state, corruption probe? No—just sectarian interest.

Will cost us seats, and me the chair.

But principle must triumph.

Yet the alliance did not break. Just leverage? Pressure? Posturing?

Militia head in turn took aim.

He fired at the Saudis.

The king the terrorist-in-chief. A verbal up-the-ante.

All others rallied round the cause,

As each his own interprets.

Preserve relations. Resistance arms. A larger deal coming?

So God we ask what you prefer:

A smiling false consensus,

Or knuckles bared, frustration aired, with right and wrong debated?

If politics an ugly game, real issues on the table.

If politics deceitful game,

Behind closed doors the answer comes—and dressed up as solution.

Which one Lebanon, oh God?

Send to us your mercy.

Make politics an honest game. Represent the people.

In compromise, accountable.

In seeking posts, transparent.

The national above the sect, with individual freedom.

But not too much? The sect also

Reflects a true communal.

God, how is this puzzle solved? Lebanon: Conundrum.

So let each segment seek your will.

Be humble. Serve the other.

God, please bless the pure in heart. The peacemakers, your children.

Some dedicate their time to prayer.

Some enter the arena.

God, let their light shine. Kingdom come. Peace—no more explosions.

Amen.


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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.


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.

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