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Lebanon Prayer: Maritime Power, Made Perfect

God,

We pray for resolution.

Mixed up in politics, here and afield,

Lies a field beneath the sea.

It is yours.

We claim it as ours. They claim it as theirs.

As lines are drawn in subterranean sand.

Then shift. And move. Ignored. And filed—

Or not.

Negotiating is not easy.

And then there are three presidents, each with a share of a weakening state,

Taking on the behemoth.

But there is a fourth, God. Very well armed.

A factor in the equation.

We pray for resolution.

But not just finality – justice, and fair.

Preserve us our rights. But what are they?

Who says this angle? No, two degrees more. Stretch the line out for a thousand.

Bend it here for this field, then split it at that.

Can we speak of the moral in mathematics?

Power.

If your word is true, we are mighty.

Because we are weak. And in that, our strength.

Unpredictable. Wild. Unyielding.

We are masters in exploiting system.

There are few rules in power.

But there are morals.

They don’t keep them—but do we?

For your word to be true we must meet it.

Our weakness is strength, but is it of you?

Is it just? Is it fair? Is it righteous?

Is it humble?

We pray for resolution.

Not one that seeks a mealy peace—

Trades principle for interest.

We need the gas. So does the world.

In double want find outcome.

God, we desire real strength.

Unity. Consensus.

But to find them we must each bend low—

A power, made perfect, in weakness.

Bless it, God. We need the gas.

We need a resolution.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: White Heart Leaders

God,

Mandate renewed. White votes aplenty.

Give him the white heart proclaiming.

And with him a deputy, narrowly won.

The same total elected odd partners.

Deal or no deal? God, only you know.

The voting is maintained clandestine.

Opposite camps, but yet status quo—

The devil you know bests the stranger.

Opinion of many: Devils them all.

Has anything changed since the polling?

A tighter result but no serious threat,

Unless in the laws—coalitions.

Prime minister soon. President maybe.

Will any foundations be shaken?

Industrious spirit, accountable charge.

Renewal within, from the margins.

We pray, God, for more. Renewal at the top.

A white heart to lead every leader.

Transform the whole, the new blood and old.

The nation to follow—then prosper.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Shades of Stability

God,

Will stability help? Or stability drain? Does it depend on which kind?

The speaker of parliament wants four more years,

After thirty. His leadership known.

Could he be like the lira, stable two decades plus? Before its vociferous fall.

Up. Down. Intervening. Dollars disappear,

Like value. My bank account same.

And also, my wallet—as all prices rise. Inflation: It eats more than me.

Reviving a council to keep cost control,

Will president unleash the black?

His allies: Strong for sixteen years. Their weapons: Held for forty.

Postpone this discussion for only two more,

They say. For the nation needs rescue.

Your love, God, is stable. But so is our sin. Our lives between boring, chaotic.

Transformation. Disruption. Or comfort and peace?

My answer? Desire? Confusion.

And Lebanon, God, is a riddle alike. We need an uprising, but also

A school year consistent. A pharmacy stocked.

If torn down, will build up be certain?

Sometimes, holy God, you search out the lost. Sometimes: Silent and hidden.

I alternate aching with indifferent cold,

Wanting. Contented. Unstable.

Fix us afresh, God. My nation entire. We beg of you: Guide in this crisis.

We have new politicians along with the old.

We have me. Pitiful. Yet, your image.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Elected Names and Faces

God,

One hundred twenty-eight.

Some new, some old.

Some enrage. Some inspire.

Some with me and mine. Some with them—still us.

Help us to remember.

And each one has a name and face.

Remember all—I cannot.

And here: I dare not list each one.

Yes, they are yours. And yes, they are ours.

Yes, each one in need of prayer.

But a list will not help me.

I scroll past, skim through. Whisper generic good for all.

Maybe some are more righteous than me.

How do you keep track of eight billion?

But I can pray for trends:

Bless those who come with noble aims, for whom ‘kulun yani’ kul shi.*

Now among 128. Do they join in or holdout with nose up?

God, guide them well, for change must come. New blood renews the languid.

But guide them wise, their number weak, no matter how much rising.

Bless those who come with single mind, that weapons rig the system.

Their number up, the platform theirs. Discussion, tabled, threatening.

But is it time? And can they win? What consequences suffered?

To themselves? Or to the south? Or to nation collapsing?

Bless those who lost the upper hand, who still promote their project.

Calls for reform, resistance true, with forces piled against them.

But humbled, may they humble still. Others strong. All servants?

Bless those of old, the way things were. And likely still are, maybe.

They care for own, protect their flock. Distribute jobs and money.

Should it all be swept aside? Can they sustain the model?

With ever shrinking slice of pie, help them to help all others.

Renew, or rig?

Reform, or rile?

Among each group – dishonest.

We asked before: Remove such men.

But wheat and chaff still present.

Bless them also. Change their ways. And bind manipulation.

But now we have them. So change me too.

For each one, make us thankful.

They came from you. They came from us. They now are the solution.

Help me to pray—by name—for some.

The rest, God, shepherd. Lead them.

Amen.

*The popular chant of the 2019 uprising was: All of them means all of them. Here, the phrase is adjusted to: ‘All of them means’ everything.


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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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Exodus, Judges, or Nehemiah: Lebanon’s Evangelicals Assess Surprising Election Victory

Image: Marwan Tahtah / Getty Images

On the eve of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections last weekend, Resurrection Church of Beirut (RCB) called for a prayer meeting. The short meditation focused on Psalm 147: heal the brokenhearted and sustain the humble—but cast the wicked to the ground.

Mired in economic crisis, many Lebanese blame a corrupt political class.

Three years ago, a massive popular uprising shouted “all of them means all of them” against the traditional sectarian parties. But within a few months, protests fizzled as COVID-19, the Beirut port explosion, and a World Bank-labeled “deliberate” financial depression drove many to despair.

For many, emigration seemed the only answer.

Hikmat Kashouh called out to God.

“Confuse many in the election booths, and encourage others,” prayed the RCB pastor. “Cause them to vote for those you desire.”

One of Lebanon’s largest evangelical churches, only 35 members from the main Baabda campus prayed along with him. The turnout mirrored that of the nation, which initially reported that participation dropped to 4 in 10 eligible voters. Very few expected significant movement in the political map.

“For three years we have cried out to God, reflecting his love as we ministered to everyone regardless of religion,” said Nabil Costa, executive director of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development, also known as the Baptist Society. “And then at the fourth watch of the night, when everyone was losing hope, God said, ‘I am still here.’” Most evangelicals, he said, supported…

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on May 19, 2022. Please click here to read the full text.

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Lebanon Prayer: Elections, Justice, Judgment, Blessing

God,

Keep today safe. Make today just.

But justice is a hard word:

It means so many things to so many people.

Make it what it means to you.

But then, God, is it judgment?

If so, it starts with us.

Remove the planks from our eyes. Try me and know my inmost thoughts.

David preferred your wrath to the nations’. Job repented, mute.

Your discipline comes with purpose.

Your mercy mixed with tears.

May we shed them also.

And spare us the blood.

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

So we humble ourselves, instead.

We fall on our knees.

We trust your hands to shake us.

We trust your hands to heal.

No matter the meaning, we all want a change.

And so we pray the principles:

Put your candidates in office. Hold accountable the frauds.

Expose manipulation. The common interest, first.

Take these prayers, from all of us. Will my plea cancel his?

No, each prayer folded over, pressed together, overflows.

The measure we pray – measure it true.

To us and to Lebanon.

For elections, for life.

Your will to be done. Your kingdom to come.

My vote makes a difference.

Your justice, how odd.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Electoral Change

God,

When all is bad, we still fear worse. But hope holds on that change will come.

Every billboard says so.

But what is the substance? What is the plan? This face or that one? My list, not his?

Beyond the names, what parties?

The red we know. The yellow-green. Who else is campaigning? The logos retreat.

One week remaining.

What of the rumors? Elections postponed? It seemed all in favor though no one would say.

Is a crisis coming?

God, spare us from violence. But spare us from doubt. A vote is a privilege that many don’t have.

The Arab world is arid.

Help us be faithful even if depressed. The barriers many: Cross-country, to drive.

Elite entrenchment.

But also infighting of everyone else. Media partisan. Confusing law. Regional meddling.

My ballot, to speak.

I cast it in hope that the message is heard. With enough of my comrades perhaps we can win.

Or voided, vote blank.

It too will say something, rejecting the whole. Fulfillment of duty, wash hands of results.

God, you know.

And God, you care. But towards what end? That this corrupt fall or to set back that sect?

You choose the king.

But so do I. Align my will. Dedicate me to the cause. Through me help bring the best of us.

And then, to rest.

Your favor does not come with prince, but faithfulness to prince of peace. Change itself

Can never change.

So while we work in vigilance, we ask you also change the heart. Bring repentance to our soul.

Love of neighbor. Also—them.

One week away, we ask your grace. Bring this nation toward the good; politicians, honest, pure.

But first, change me.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Campaign Clashes

God,

The vote is free. The people, too, or is there occupation?

Politics manipulates. Licit or illegal?

From north to south, and in Beirut, campaigning is disrupted.

But so are lives. The poster size offends the sinking lira.

Politicians show their plans—or at least their faces.

But some denied in neighborhoods where rivals show displeasure.

Provocation? Threatened quit. Rumors of postponement.

Who will win when many hate each color, list, and slogan?

Yet even those who herald change have failed to stay united.

They scratch and claw for every vote. One seat—or two—a triumph.

Division, God, is not of you. But nor is it unrighteous.

People differ, weigh their choice. And power is a blessing.

Used instead to silence voice, or raise a fear of ‘other,’

It weaponizes stewardship. It bludgeons trust and service.

Helpless, God, we but can pray? And vote in resignation?

Or will through prayer a miracle give mandate to my favored?

A miracle is needed, God.

But is it in elections?

Change the system. Change the heart.

Change the expectations.

But until then, let vote be free. The people, too, in conscience.

Their ballot cast by principle. On time, while safe and honest.

The king, you say, is in your hand—wicked, just, or tepid.

Guide voters, then, with virtue sure—conviction, courage, honor.

Many lack these marks of strength, the leading class deficient.

But all fall short of your demand to imitate our master.

Humble us, God.

Rebuild us right.

Let Lebanon freely prosper.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Death and Orthodox Easter

God,

I cannot say I know the cause, and many more are like me too.

But it does not look good.

Bankers reject the government plan.

Protestors rally where lawmakers meet.

But is business aligned with the people?

How to pray, except for good, when most of the small print escapes us?

And what of the pharmacist, killed in her store?

Or expat electors pulled in tug-of-war?

Better known yet is the poverty push

That dares some to risk life and limb to escape.

Some have drowned.

Some drown in blame.

Some—more than me—know the issues quite well.

Some are complicit in many a crime,

While some seek out facts keen to educate.

Give them ears, God. Too many are not listening.

We know why, and it is fair:

The hand has been nailed immobile.

So like your own, it sags inert,

Waiting for one to unpin it.

You rose from the dead by the power of God,

But came down from the cross with assistance.

Where now is Joseph, from Arimathea?

His humble act, far from the crowd—

But brave in approaching authority—

It set the stage for miracle,

Though he himself did little.

God, find these men, and amplify.

Bolster their spirits, in number.

And then, when few are watching, where only women linger:

Show yourself.

Birth new life.

Let Lebanon once again prosper.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Easter Silos

God,

“Tear down these silos, and in three days I will build them up again.”

Some cheered. Some mourned.

Most went about their day.

The world moves on, and so must life.

That which is dead just crumbles.

“Keep it alive!” “Prop it up!” “We must preserve the memory!”

“At least, till justice comes.”

But where is justice, God?

Memory exchanged for glitz, throughout the civil war city.

Bullet holes here, a statue there.

Seventeen thousand still missing.

With erasure comes grievance, and grievance comes grudge.

The world moves on, and so must life.

But it does not.

Wounds run deep. Statues nurture.

The choice: Ignore, or sect.

There is nobility in both, God. But little of you.

In the silos you suffered.

Grain spoiled, poured out – for none.

The bread of life was wasted.

And now the poor go hungry.

Yet for some there is cake. Cookies abound.

Cast lots: Who has your favor?

One day they will be built again.

The world moves on, and so must life.

But will you be in it?

The new port? The next Beirut? Lebanon—if it continues?

Three days, God. We are waiting.

Millennia. We are waiting.

Come. You do not come.

But yes, you have. To me.

A day is as a thousand years, for world unperceiving.

My day is rich like a million.

My memory of sin is purged. The scars remain, but healed.

The silos—full—inside my heart.

Bread: Broken, eaten, grateful.

It is enough, God.

But it is not enough.

Too few have bread. Too few have life.

And silos: Ruined, standing.

Until they fall, or are brought down.

Erased. And justice with them.

We wait, God.

We work as we can.

Your life in us, for others.

Bless this nation. Raise afresh.

Three days.

The dawn emerges.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Coming Loan, Returning Friend

God,

We thank you for agreement, though many say its false.

And naught but shame can come upon the architects of loss.

It is not wise to borrow. Worse: Surrender on a debt.

Rely on outside help to fix a problem of one’s own.

The terms of reference, strident. Reforms, we surely need.

But will these straighten Lebanon for finance or the poor?

At least there is consensus, for now, on what to do.

Conditional on follow-up; will implementing fail?

And what then of elections? Will mandate carry through?

And how long will it take until a government is formed?

Could help—now—come from elsewhere? A bailout before loan?

Will friends—again—from Saudi prove their friendship at the bank?

At least they have returned, God. An empty embassy

Is more than just a symbol of relations gone awry.

But this week things are better, and all across the board.

A glimpse of hope, ephemeral? Or first look at the roots?

Distrust appears endemic. Manipulation, fierce.

The sins of men run deep within the soil of ancient land.

God grant them all discernment, and courage to address

Corruption and entitlement distributed by sect.

Some must fall entire. Others to redeem.

Promote the honest faithful; may their influence expand.

No more ad hoc solutions, as each blame someone else.

Let justice paint with broadest brush. But mercy, beautify.

The landscape is angelic. Your praise, each day, it sings.

Draw people to the chorus from cacophony of angst.

From president to doorman, from cleric to the cook,

All are equal in your sight and each with vital role.

Perhaps a loan is coming. Renewed support from Gulf.

Be warned: No trust in princes. Wealth: Moth and rust destroy.

You, oh God, are holy. Yet you love us. You forgive.

Reveal it now in Lebanon. Humbled, prayerful—heal.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Capital Committee

God,

More than three years later, there is an almost-law.

Cabinet to parliament, likely to approve?

The IMF is visiting, they need to see it real.

But is there full agreement on the bailout to come?

Election cries uniting: Depositors protect.

Confront corrupt officials, root out in every sect.                                     

But which ones? Few will specify.

Vote here: Our resolved list.

A law is surely needed, with money trapped in banks,

Exchange rate fluctuations, and the lira in collapse.

The answer: A committee, with power to decide.

Composed of adept figures chosen later. But by whom?

God, is this a solution? The first step in a plan?

Or simple obfuscation and delay until no end?

Or worse—is that the plan?

And of some, or of all?

Are they united, though separate in list?

Some say.

Three years ago, the people, in thousands, with their feet,

Descended on the central squares with a resounding ‘yes’.

Those days have passed: Corona. Depression. Winter rain.

All of these conspired and deflated common cause.

There are lists independent. A vote to throw away?

Or embers of intensity that could—and must—revive?

God, you know.

Sift wheat from chaff.

Give light to eyes.

Discernment, come.

Give people back their money. But so much more beside.

Free them from enslavement to consumeristic trends.

The lust of eyes, seductive. The pride of life, a snare.

Blessed are the poor trumps all, when poor is all we have.

Blessed are the poor, in spirit: Help this to remain.

Let sect embody service. Politics—ideas.

God, bless all of Lebanon.

Free it for your cause.

Make of her a beacon.

A message. Beauty. Love.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: The Purpose of Law

God,

The law is a warning. It keeps men in line.

The law is a weapon. Used against foes.

The law is a lever. Raising the stakes.

The law is a construct. Made into game.

Whatever it is, it should be for all.

But lawyers interpret, and judges decide.

Sometimes.

Almost two years and the blast in Beirut

Still awaits verdict. Instead: ‘Please recuse.’

But similar effort to fend off a charge

Allegedly failed when judge dodged the case.

So the party that painted red slogans round town

Now has its top figure to answer in court.

People died in Tayyouneh, God.

But both sides had guns.

And for white collar conduct, the net closes in.

The central bank brother—corrupt—like his kin.

So say accusers. Six others as well.

The pressure is building, will all take the fall?

Life savings are gone, God.

But guilt only here?

Your law is perfect. Refreshing the soul.

Sin? Utterly sinful. Our tutor? The law.

The patriarch is livid at how it’s applied.

Others shout: Hypocrite—like all, taking sides.

God, you know.

God, soon judge.

Your law is righteous. Us? Anything but.

Yet your grace is present for those who appeal.

Depravity—confess it.

Humility—present.

Our industry, irrelevant.

Our good works, filthy rags.

God have mercy on me.

On we.

In Lebanon, in public, reveal each darkened deal.

In Lebanese, in private, convict each precious soul.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Woe to Banks

God,

Does money make the world go round?

Or root all kinds of evil?

Mammon steals the heart from you,

Yet worldly wealth wins friends.

To use. To give. To store away?

What think you of our barns?

What think you of our bankers?

What think you of our judges?

What would you to have us think about emerging crisis?

God it all was bad before

Is now a worse still coming?

Corrupt? Perhaps. Some, all, or few?

But they control our access.

And politicians linked between,

They promise us our money.

At least a portion, more or less,

But what done since it started?

Some shield this one, call for calm.

Indeed, the catastrophic

Could come if all comes tumbling down.

A house of cards, unshuffled?

A deck to stack against the poor,

Who now grow ever larger?

Your justice, God, will build, create—

But judgment first, reversal.

So let us do so on our own:

We first, the last becoming.

We who can lead, let us serve.

Lest ‘woe to rich now’ happens.

For bankers, God, is it too late?

They had their chance and failed?

But who among us knows their heart,

Their charity, their efforts

To make the world a better place,

To help the country prosper?

If only so, God.

If politics,

If agenda seeks to ruin them,

Protect each righteous,

Kill not wealth,

A trial, yes—and blessing.

But if it is God as you say:

This harder than the camel,

Then by your grace, God, squeeze us through

The ever-shrinking needle.

Us and them. Unrighteous all.

And also judge crusading.

Honor each who does the right,

By law, with pure intentions.

Blind, impartial. Can we hope

Such status for our nation?

However good, it is not best.

You are our judge—and father.

How terrible to face your wrath,

Without your love and welcome.

The first is coming, maybe here, if not three years preceding.

The latter? Ever present for the humble supplicating.

Bankers.

Judges.

Me and you.

Show Lebanon your mercy.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Iron and Word

God,

Hats in the ring; elections or not.

With everyone waiting, maneuver and move.

Yes megacenters, now no. Maybe still?

This one will run, not that one. But yet

Does it matter? Two months ‘til we know.

Or more if postponement—decision made here?

Or waiting the pending in Iran and Rus?

Acquitted, now guilty. So said the judge.

The son of the victim can only lash out

At militia that shields the accused from the court.

While some ready ammo to root out corrupt,

Each legal case levied, this banker or that.

God, what to do with all the above?

Compared to Ukraniya, all petty and trite.

But people are suffering here in our land,

Let alone the same dying and missiles that fail

To elicit the outrage, outpouring of heart

That the region has needed for decades on end.

God, each life is precious. Of course, we care more

For the life that is near us and impacts direct,

For the one who is like me, aligns with my world.

Forgive our dismissal, our hearts are not pure.

But also our impasse—resigned and inert.

True: Lebanon bound by the powers that be.

False: Lebanon stuck; no agency left.

God, help us to work toward your will where we can.

Is that what is happening with all the above?

Or within the mire each seeks for his own?

Reveal to us, God, all the honest and good.

Lift up their cause and cause others to fail.

Silence the weapons of iron and word.

Make plowshares and poems—

And Lebanon thrive.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Region and Resource

God,

Proposal, proposal. Impossible, moot.

Each on the surface is Lebanese gain.

Under the table? God, only you know.

But Lebanon’s history justifies doubt.

No gas and no money, why must votes be cast

In the village of origin far from the home?

‘Megacenters’ the answer. No time, the reply.

Too costly, illegal. Though idea—long before.

Cabinet still will study it through,

But clock keeps on ticking; reserves dwindle down.

One type holds steady—the gas in the sea.

It sits and it waits for agreement to form,

Disputed by foe who already has much.

Another arrangement is carried by hand,

Also, to be studied—this time not by all.

The Shiite component not comfortable with

The idea recognizing the Zionist state

Will leave Sunnis and Christians to handle the file.

Will it smooth the discussions, or sink at the end?

But gas would be helpful with state supply small.

God, it is good to ease the vote.

It is wise to engage foes.

It is right to caution take.

It is fair to bargain hard.

But God, if deception and fraud are at work

Then protect the people from perfidy. Pour

Out your judgement, expose every sin.

Turn over the tables and right every wrong.

At home or abroad, God.

In them,

And in me.

This is harder to pray—but enables the prayer.

The prayer of the righteous accomplishes much.

May it be of proposals that all sides are just.

Bring them to consensus, a plan to respect.

If not, God, then mercy.

Rebuke, but give grace.

I too am guilty.

And the country we love.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Rumbling World

God,

Lebanon is working—the budget it attempts.

But Lebanon is waiting—much as it always has.

The world is rumbling, rolling—the tanks into Ukraine.

The world continues waiting—Taiwan, Iran, and then?

The tea kettle whistling, the boil on high.

Is this the beginning, explosion to come?

Or the last gasp of pressure, then all settles calm?

Is ISIS related, the bombs that were foiled?

What would have happened if Dahiyeh burned?

But the ripples are real: Will wheat be supplied?

Troubles sufficient, must others’ pinch too?

Still, not fully waiting, condemning assault,

Beirut called it “invasion,” and then—tightrope walk.

Russia is angry, the militia in turn.

Were all sects consulted? Was it needed? Why so?

But students are stuck there, Ukrainians here.

The latter protesting, the first seek return.

It is a good reminder, God.

Lebanon suffers. But it is still home.

Protect it in these troubled days.

Help it work to help itself.

Expose its every evil.

Let shine its every good.

You preside over the nations.

You caretake every soul.

Bring peace, to both.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Investigating Strife

God,

So much money has disappeared. It must be the fault of someone.

Maybe many.

One side has set its aim. The other—veiled defending?

Some want to see evidence. Some say: Not alone.

He says he is innocent, and ready to prove.

But yet he stays in hiding—while working in the bank.

As agents of the government quite nearly come to blows.

Consequences many.

Several sound alarm:

IMF negotiations. The threat of civil war.

Others fear the secrets, if betrayed, that he might spill.

Justice, God, they say, is blind.

But we, we cannot see.

Unless the signs are all displayed and will is what we need.

Shine your light of guidance. Uncover every fraud.

The darkness hides before the true, if righteous in their way.

Are there many?

No, not one?

Embolden the faithful. Convict of their sin.

Purify the somewhat-pure that they might take a stand.

It may not be him, God. Perhaps others entire.

A regional compact to thieve and to thwart

Every step toward transparency, sovereignty, peace.

God let there be justice. No blood, conflict, hate.

For wagons encircle midst rumors of war, as dark clouds have gathered round rattling swords.

They are many.

New drones. Loud jets.

But hints of surprise: Compromise in the sea?

Will we soon see the fruit of a settlement sure?

Europe and Russia. Iran and the States.

Natural gas, electricity. Hope.

God, you know.

God, we wait.

Prompt the right ones to act.

Prompt the humble to pray.

Investigate, God. Lebanon all.

Some: Chaff that is burned up.

Some: Refined by the fire.

Many?

In need of repentance.

Of mercy. Of love.

You bore our strife. Please heal our wounds.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: When Nothing Happens

God,

With very little in the headlines, either good or bad,

Comes the freedom, complicating: What to mention in our prayers?

But not for the people, God, their lives are full.

Death and sickness, tired and poor.

Or bored and tempted, rich and proud.

Many somewhere in between.

Help Fulaana plan her week.

Help Fulaan to raise his kids.

Uncle John sees fraud at work.

Cousin Jane slights cousin Jill.

God, you know the names of each,

Their problems, troubles, foibles, sins.

The deeds of leaders rarely touch them.

The nations rage—they’d never know.

Forgive our prayers for things above us,

If we forget the souls around.

And then, oh God, when our eyes open

Give us open hands in turn.

Open hearts to hear complaining—

Valid in so many ways.

Comfort, comfort, for the people.

Let your healing come through us.

And with the freedom from confliction,

Let your blessing mark our words.

For Tripoli, God, we ask your provision.

For Sidon and Tyre and all of the south.

For Zahle and Baalbek, Bekaa and the mountains,

Grant your prosperity, knit tight their bonds.

But what of Beirut, God? Your anger or favor?

The seat of the government—corrupt or inept?

Or simply incapable, their agency lacking?

Acting out orders received from abroad?

Every week, we put them before you.

Every week, no visible change.

Strengthen our faith that we keep up petitions,

But widen our vision to see you at work.

How God? We know not. Our own sins encumber.

They block my rebuke of the sins that surround.

But God, your spirit soars within us

When we loose our tongue to bless.

Fulaan and Fulaana, Joe, Jane, and Jill.

But also the leader whose tongue I would cut.

Bless Beirut, God. Bless the nation.

Bless my neighbor. Bless my home.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

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.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Can Lebanon’s Baptists and Maronites Cooperate Amid Crisis?

Elijah Brown, with Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai.

The value of Lebanon’s largest denomination of lira is now worth $4. It used to be able to purchase a ticket to a Broadway show. Today, amid a currency crisis that has pushed poverty rates to 82 percent, it can buy a gallon of milk.

The minimum wage—pummeled by the world’s third-worst inflation rate—is now barely $20 a month. And the worst suffering is in the nation’s north, where 6 in 10 children are regularly skipping meals.

Lebanon’s Baptists called for help.

“We came to express our deep concern for the suffering of Christians, and everyone,” said Elijah Brown, the US-based general secretary for the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), who visited mid-January.

“You are in our prayers.”

His words were directed to Bechara Boutros al-Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Church, an Eastern Rite Catholic community. Expressing solidarity with the 81-year-old cardinal and leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian denomination was a priority to the local Baptist convention, and Brown came with an invitation.

The BWA will call America’s 40 Baptist colleges to a conference in the US focused on supporting Lebanese education. Cohost with us, Brown asked, in partnership with US Catholic universities.

“It is a way to strengthen one another,” he said, “sending a message of unity and nonsectarianism.”

Lebanon is divided roughly in thirds: Sunni Muslim, Shiite Muslim, and Christian. Evangelicals represent about 1 percent of the 6 million population, far behind Maronites, Greek Orthodox, and other sects.

But Protestant-heritage schools like American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University stand alongside the Catholic St. Joseph’s University and the Orthodox Balamand University, akin to the Ivy League elite. All have been suffering, as few students can afford tuition.

And it is similar for Lebanon’s children. Over 700,000 of 1.2 million students attend the Christian-dominated private school system—including 20,000 within 35 evangelical schools. But the economic situation has pulled 3 in 10 students out of school altogether, and 13 percent of families sent their children to work.

Lebanon’s Notre Dame University (NDU) is eager for partnership.

“We want to help develop the Baptist mission in Lebanon,” said Bechara Khoury, president of NDU. “Struggling with a very crucial situation, bridges with others will give us the oxygen we need.”

Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, in 2020 NDU began a partnership with the Baptist SKILD program for students with special needs. It is an “added value” for the inclusive university, said Khoury, as 46 students receive support in their college studies.

The BWA provided $35,000 last year to SKILD, Beirut Baptist School, and other aid programs to support struggling Lebanese and Syrian refugees. While Brown promised to continue to raise the issues of Lebanon among Baptist donors worldwide, he assured the patriarch with a message of advocacy. He will press US lawmakers…

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on February 4, 2022. Please click here to read the full text.