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Lebanon Prayer: Tayyouneh

God,

Have mercy on the dead—and mercy more for living.

The dead have faced their lot in life and now must face their judgment.

What awaits them? Your books say. In faith we trust your goodness.

But here in life we stand confused. We long, instead, for justice.

A cloud is hovering o’er our land; some add misinformation.

Accusations left and right. In faith, we trust our leaders.

And who can blame us? Who can bring the evidence untainted?

So much is left to fester, spoil. Questions asked, unanswered.

Why bring weapons to the street, intending only protest?

Why the summoned from one side, when years the nitrate idled?

Why reversal from the head of victims’ families’ spokesman?

Why the snipers—if there were—to escalate the tension?

But God the questions do not end. They go back years and decades.

Assassinations left and right. No faith, no trust, no closure.

Why must Lebanon suffer so? A land of brains and beauty.

Iran. Or Syria. America. France. Or entity of Zion.

Or maybe faults are all within. Corruption. Lies. Sect-centric.

Have we failed Beatitudes? Mercy. Meek. Peacemaking.

Let us be the pure in heart. They, you say, will see you.

And if we see you right and true, will we see Lebanon also?

Dispel this cloud and right the wrongs. Remove the scourge that plagues us.

It may be him. Or him. Or him. It is the sin within us.

But prune this cedar, cut the branch that rots and is not fruitful.

Your fire awaits—but not the root. Burn not the tree entire.

God, your mercy for the dead. Most act in faith, for principle.

But God, your mercy on us all. In sackcloth, and in ashes.

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: Pandora, Proper

God,

Everything is legal, and yet so much is wrong.

God your will gets buried in the ethics of our world.

Money making money, much sheltered then offshore.

Your blessing—yes—but where the tax with which to bless the poor?

Nix subsidies and welfare. The state needs revenue.

Power plants run empty as the grid produces nil.

Still the courts are working, with orders to suspend.

Or then to start, yet file again—but justice to evade?

Prime minister signs papers, immunity to lift.

Then speaks as well of special court that never saw a trial.

Relations now with Syria—ten years of civil war.

Lebanon was squeezed, must breathe, communicate with neighbor.

Iran then came to visit, pledged aid it does not have.

At least not yet, a deal may come, the region is preparing.

But IMF stands ready, the government engaged.

No pledge; instead, must implement a long list of reforms.

Who can stand and argue? For Lebanon is stuck.

All this, oh God: We hang our heads with but ourselves to blame.

We could adopt a theory, with partisan insight.

The other side just beats it down, yet then offers its own.

Is it only interests? The strong suppress the weak?

Maybe yes, and then they cloak their power in right and good.

Where then is salvation? Oh God, what do you want?

None of us can see a path that fixes every fault.

God, your kingdom coming. It’s here, but still, not yet.

Help us each in our small strength to curb systemic vice.

Pray for every leader. Call out every sin.

Our cause without you God is hopeless. Of Lebanon, redeem!

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: Dawdle or Resolve?

God,

There is desperation. A man from fuel has died.

To siphon gas from tank to tank he erred and swallowed much.

But what if he just waited? This week the lines are gone.

The price too high for most to have, at least the petrol flows.

But this belies the problem. He lived from hand to mouth.

How can one wait and thus not eat while “process” takes its time?

Success depends on order. And order on a plan.

Perhaps it comes together, slowly, linking state to state.

From Jordan to Damascus: An expedited hope.

The electricity will come, and pipelines getting fixed.

An IMF team forming.  Soon audit central bank.

Then experts backed by parties can perhaps bailout secure.

For time is of the essence. A year-plus gone to waste.

Was it all deliberate, casting doubt on all work now?

The port probe is suspended. And angry families fume.

A plan and process—incomplete—if justice brushed aside.

Transparency is needed. Accountability.

God, let the order forming now reflect the right and good.

Do they all just dawdle? Or is resolve sincere?

God, our prayers are with them—and above them, seeking more.

Empower them in service. Secure funds with reform.

The leader is essential, but the system sets the rules.

Replace them if found faulty. Repentance does the same.

It’s not the man, but character, that counts in your design.

But help it happen quickly. And deeply, to be real.

God, how Lebanon needs your help. Transform us. Save us. Heal.

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: Lukewarm Lull

God,

Within the lull, bless Lebanon.

Waiting for subsequent steps.

Will new leadership deliver?

What crisis will come next?

France promised to stand with the nation.

The prime minister promised reforms.

Officials have threatened the port probe.

New nitrates have threatened the peace.

Skilled resources are leaving.

While donated fuel arrives.

Is the expat disenfranchised,

With vote rescheduled March?

Only you, God, see clearly the future.

Only you, God, know what must take place.

 Join somehow your mercy and justice.

Uproot, plant again, harvest well.

Stability you do not promise.

The lukewarm you threaten to spit.

Make cold in godly mourning.

Make hot for hungered good.

Our incomes destroyed by the world’s worst inflation.

Our dignity crushed as we wait for our gas.

God, solve these problems of finance and transport.

Expose every criminal who manipulates well.

Keep us secure in your favor.

Humiliate not your beloved.

But humble us truly. Our nation

Might then rise again. May it be.

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: Whither Authority

God,

He had to say something, he’s the person in charge.

He thus shrugged his shoulders and said that he’s sad.

The fuel violates sovereignty, it came from Iran.

But no sanctions please as we didn’t arrange.

Could he have done something? At the border refuse?

But then suffer the optics with cars in long lines?

Adding three days of gasoline, it claims to break siege.

At least it is something as few else will help.

He then raised the prices; the subsidy shrinks.

But did he even do it or someone somewhere?

A policy statement, the details vague.

Tough issues shelved until when? We don’t know.

An IMF loan bid. Two power plants or three?

A year of reforms, the strong president vows.

The central bank audit, it then will extend

To all other ministries—corruption rots.

The country moves forward, the steps taken are good.

But all the same measures discussed long ago.

While subpoenaed ministers failed to arrive

At their court summoned hearings. Illegal, they say.

God, thank you for government—a responsible start.

Now give them the courage to govern in fact.

Take decisions unpopular—if they are right.

And find the consensus to drive through reforms.

Some say they’re all criminals, and maybe some are.

God, we want justice to jolt Lebanon.

But with none of us angels, we all must repent.

Let me list my own among sins of this land.

We have to pray something, what else can we do?

We’re tired and we’re anguished. But you’ve put us in charge.

You’ve given authority, it came from your son.

Now help us to use it—the heavens arrange.

We fight against darkness, in the spiritual realm.

We rebuke the spirits of greed, fraud, and lies.

They surround our leaders, who thus need our prayers.

God, heal our country, drive us to our knees.

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: Govern with Tears

God,

The prayer is simple: Help the government to work.

Whatever broke the impasse now decisions can be made.

So many still are skeptical.

The problems still so large.

But hope must come from somewhere while the people wait and see.

God, we ask their blessing: Discernment, wisdom, strength.

Some are hailed as capable though party links are clear.

No politics in cabinet,

Said its head. With tears

He pledged his utmost effort for the mothers, children, poor.

God, use well his millions. And too the widow’s mite.

Talents spent on your behalf can reap a hundredfold.

Many have been hoarding.

But many more have shared.

Now bless these hidden helpers who keep Lebanon afloat.

God, we seek your rescue. And justice to protect

The least of these from most of them whose welfare they devoured.

True, not all are guilty.

But each one blames the rest.

Accountability must reign if Lebanon is to heal.

God, bring down the prideful. The humble, elevate.

May this long-awaited government pursue your holy will.

Reforms must be forthcoming.

Each sect must serve the whole.

You have formed this cabinet; to fix things, or to judge?

God, we give them to you. Our hope, for you reserved.

Forgive their sins and cleanse their hearts so that their plans succeed.

My conscience, too, is guilty.

I share my nation’s faults.

Lift us up out of this pit—redeem me, them, and all.

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: Syria Intertwined

God,

Prayers are said for gasoline, as people wait in line.

Naught to do but ask your help in hope it will remain.

And prayers are said for Shiite sheikh, as people mourn his death.

Tributes came from every sect, remembering his cause.

But do these prayers all miss the mark? Do they reveal a focus on

The nation as deciding force? On Lebanon, strong and sovereign?

God, we pray that this might be, for agency and power.

Yet Syria—torn by civil war—is still the land of reckoning.

The novel solution proposed by the States would power Beirut via Cairo-Amman.

But to work it needs sign-off, Damascus to say: Yes and you’re welcome, we’re back in the fold.

And even Resistance will flow from the north, as oil imported from Tehran docks there.

Avoiding the sanctions it’s loaded on trucks, to then cross the border—a smuggling in reverse?

God, why must work-around characterize our land?

God, can we not solve our problems ourselves?

Ever so clever, dodge this way and that—as names and portfolios circle and fall.

Ever the posture in cabinet formation: To squeeze a concession while all around burns.

God, forgive us.

God, rebuke.

God, empower us.

God, inspire.

What can we pray we have not asked already? God, we are tired. We are weary, depressed.

We need you to lift up our spirits and heal us. We need a reminder your justice will come.

Until then give us patience in every gas station. May prayers be exchanged, not gunfire or fists.

And honor the efforts of every true cleric, aiming to serve you through country and sect.

God, maybe Syria intertwines with our nation.

Let these prayers—centered here—bless us both, and beyond.

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: Eight Per Day

God,

No progress still on cabinet.

Not smiling face, not bearded one.

No progress still on Beirut port.

The probe on hold, as leaders balk.

But who can attend to these files of note—

Essentials of governance, justice, for all—

While sitting in gas lines or home in the dark?

Or worse yet a victim of crime on the rise.

Gunshots at stations.

Fuel tankers seized.

Gangs mark their area.

Eight incidents a day.

God, how long can this go on?

October, if the subsidies lift?

But then the price just bankrupts more.

The middle class is pummeled whole.

Worse off are the very poor

Whose numbers only ever rise.

Where is the promised ration card?

Was nearly ready, weeks ago.

At least the dollar help will come,

Though that took months to make agree.

But who will get it, when, and how?

No cabinet, no justice. Why?

God, you know.

And God, you cry.

Is it a weeping with shoulders bent inward?

Collapsed in despair and unable to act?

What can you do when the men you appointed

Instead rob the vineyard and beat those you send?

Or is your response a loud outcry of anger?

Stirred to your core you will rise up and raze

Every last vestige of Lebanon. Death.

But one last ditch effort:

Send first your son.

Who will it be, God?

They killed the son—it brought salvation.

And then your wrath was rightly poured

Only on those who truly deserved it

While others found refuge confessing their sin.

But who among all Lebanon’s faithful children

Might come forward to lead something new, something true?

Perhaps to be beaten.

Perhaps to succeed.

But call them forth, God.

Save the vineyard.

Renew.

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: Directional Fuel

God,

Not East nor West said Lebanon’s pact.

From whence then comes the fuel?

An Arab face, but not entire—

And thus linked far afield.

For years it all flowed through the Gulf

Until they ran afoul.

Corruption steals the best of aid,

And guns too much to bear.

So now the country has run dry,

No friends of which to turn.

After defaulting on the debt:

Compassion, pity—please.

But from the East the cry is heard:

Our fuel supplied with honor.

We’ll take your lira, send a ship.

Resist humiliation!

And then the West in turn replies:

We’ll help you through the system.

With Egypt, Jordan, lending hand,

The UN is your partner.

Immobilized and scrambling still,

Officials reach decision.

A compromise on subsidies:

Solution through September.

Not East nor West, at least for now.

The edifice is crumbling.

God, we ask your gracious help.

So many people suffering.

“Who will save us from this sin?”

Said St. Paul (paraphrasing).

“What a wretched man I am”—

Can we say of the nation?

He knew his freedom in God’s love,

And yet he kept on stumbling.

So much of Lebanon is good,

But chaos—ever-present.

A slave to East? A slave to West?

Between them torn asunder?

Or bound to “what it does not want”?

Sectarian entire.

Where then is the equivalent:

“Thanks be to God—salvation!”

“Deliverance through Jesus Christ,”

For Lebanon’s Constitution?

Can God redeem the national pact?

Or is it national idol?

A law—though good—brings only death.

Shows sin becoming sinful.

God, we don’t know where to turn.

Can your love rescue nations?

So many sects; can St. Paul speak

To Muslim as to Christian?

But all can pray with humble hearts,

For medicine, fuel, and water.

Unite them, God, their parties too,

Around a clear consensus.

So East, or West, or both, or none.

But free—no condemnation.

Your spirit-guide through every call

That issues from the nations.

Desiring only spirit-mind,

And from it, life and peace.

God, give to Lebanon fuel it needs,

But so much more essential:

Submission to your holy ways,

Then righteous, resurrection.

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: Subsidy Gone

God,

It took only a moment, with nary a warning,

Suddenly subsidized fuel was no more.

With officials aghast—“the move is illegal”—

Others asked why, with the ration card near.

The president called for emergency meetings.

The caretaker prime minister quickly said no.

His cabinet immobilized by constitution:

Only an authorized government can act.

Will you, God?

Then a second moment, again with no warning,

Suddenly a depot of fuel was no more.

Illegally stored at the time of the blast,

Twenty-plus perished with dozens more burned.

Officials in outcry demand resignation,

As others pledge inquiry, just like before.

One more disaster, shaking the people.

But who in the cabinet is authorized to act?

Are you, God?

But what to expect when we throw you our problems?

Are you pro or con subsidies? Where is your will

When it comes to distributing files in government?

If you bother with Lebanon, is it only to sigh?

But surely you care for the healing of bodies,

And yet AUB doctors may soon shut their doors.

Along with the hospitals throughout the country,

None can obtain the fuel needed to work.

How long, God?

Just when it feels like hitting rock bottom

Another event digs the hole deeper still.

How long can Lebanon continue in chaos?

How long your chastening, punishment, wrath?

Or is it the evil one, let loose to plunder?

Your hand of restraining has lifted, and thus

The result of endemic corruption is painful.

The wages for sinners is death, says your book.

What then, God?

In only a moment, without any warning,

Your Christ will appear and set everything right.

This is our hope—but is it our only?

Have we nothing more to expect in this life?

With or without the subsidies your love continues.

If no fuel or medicine, your grace still abounds.

Give us strength to pursue the ideals of your kingdom.

On the earth let us work so that your will is done.

If so, we rejoice that your good serves so many.

But now, we must mourn—and there seems no relief.

Comfort those who lost their loved ones.

Provide the means for all to live.

Hold accountable the government.

Convict our sins, revive our land.

God, may our nation look to you for mercy.

In only a moment, salvation can come.

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: Explosions Abound

God,

There should have been just one to note:

The Beirut explosion and all traumatized.

A moment of silence, a moment of rage.

Indeed thousands rallied for justice, for grief.

And with them the pledges of nations in concert,

Millions of dollars that may one day come.

But God this outpouring so quickly was sandwiched;

Explosions anew that distract and destroy.

Revenge killings rattled the south of the capital,

Sunni tribes with the Shiite militia in charge.

And then unclaimed rockets were launched cross the border,

Prompting response by the Zionist state.

And thus in deterrence, resistance demanded

That several more rockets strike enemy soil.

This time to be claimed by the Shiite militia,

Though with harsh condemnation, and local Druze angst.

God, keep the peace.

God, keep the focus.

Not that politicians neglect the explosion:

They call to reveal who sourced it to port.

They call to remove all official immunity.

But no one has done so; no one takes charge.

God, how long must we wait until your detonation,

Your anger to pour on the guilty entire?

Or have you already denounced the whole nation,

As David once chose for the plague to strike all?

But his heart was trusting: Your mercy is greater,

And better your hand than the enemy’s sword.

But might southern rockets invite more destruction?

Might localized strife escalate civil war?

God, we pray for justice.

God, we long for peace.

Your wrath can flare up in a moment.

Your patience is what we all need.

God, balance Lebanon in your wisdom,

And grant every citizen—rest.

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: Effective for Many

God,

You oblige us to pray for the king,

And those in authority—but what when so many?

We lift up the name of prime minister designate,

And of the president with whom he confers.

But God, we prayed also for the former candidate,

And the one before him, and the one before that.

Not to mention the speaker, and heads of the parties—

Does Lebanon suffer from too many cooks?

But worse is what comes from widespread accusation:

Lebanon suffers from too many crooks.

God, you know.

God, we pray anyway.

You can ensure that a cabinet forms.

But God, when it does, we have more names to pray for?

Eighteen, or twenty, perhaps twenty-four?

Each one a means for political patronage?

They should be a means for your blessing to flow.

So many are frustrated, God.

Why have our prayers not been answered already?

Going back decades, suffering war.

Can it be that the nation has not labored sufficiently?

With its hands, with its minds – and especially knees?

Must we weep? Must we fast? Put on sackcloth and ashes?

Or calmly acknowledge your good sovereign will?

God, the kings are many.

But they agreed—to mourn.

There is much more to do to honor the victims

Of the criminal blast almost one year ago.

But honor their marking of this anniversary,

While holding accountable all who bear guilt.

Lift the immunities.

Structure the sanctions.

Shield the people from all further hurt.

God, give Lebanon a government.

And prayers of the righteous—effective in power.

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: Water Worries

God,

No money, no medicine.

Less food on the shelves.

And now we are told that the water won’t flow?

Maybe the oil will come from Iraq.

If not, then the hospitals’ power is cut.

Delta is coming. Vaccine rates stay low.

And a thousand-plus doctors have traveled abroad.

Will there be hope in a new politician?

A prime minister maybe, with cabinet plan?

God, we have prayed that you raise up the leaders

Able and willing to serve Lebanon.

Is this the round that will soon prove decisive?

Or weeks and months further, with no one in charge?

Have we nothing to hope but the prayer of the prophet:

“Though all things are failing, I trust in my God.”

God, let us repeat it.

God, strengthen our faith.

God, rescue the country.

God, cleanse our wicked ways.

Until then, and if not, can you make it so?

Truly my heart can rejoice in the Lord?

Make my feet like the deer. Let me tread on the heights.

Let me pray for my people.

Let me plead for my land.

God, there is little we can do of substance.

Powerful interests and groups get their way.

Even so like the child with sling in his pocket,

Slay the Goliaths who immobilize us.

Our prayers are the stones, direct them to target.

We know not where to aim—only you know the heart.

Hear as I cry out while full of frustration:

This politician, or that, is the cause.

Maybe it’s true, and rule in your wisdom.

Where I have agency, strengthen my hand.

But give us respect for the sincere in difference.

Yes, they are sinners, but I am the worst.

Will such a prayer help restock the medicine?

Will our humility maintain water flow?

God, we are floundering.

God, we grow hopeless.

Somehow help my heart to press on, in faith.

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: Starting Over, Again

God,

Nine months of effort, and near the beginning

Everyone feared they would not find accord.

A lineup submitted, rejected, then insults,

Followed by go-betweens trying to help.

The cycle repeated with president steadfast,

As prime minister-designate traveled abroad.

Meanwhile we all waited for some resolution

To regional issues and nuclear deals.

Maybe its coming, and with it a bailout—

That others call caving to Western demands.

Or else full submission: Iranian interests.

But as we’re kept waiting things only grow worse.

Why, God?

Surely there are reasons. Maybe some make sense.

But back where we started all feels like a void.

Curse them?

Hail some?

Is there a side in omniscience you laud?

You want to bless us, and shower with favor

Those who are humble and righteous in deed.

But what of the suffering? Is it a trial?

Merely the birth pangs of good, soon to come?

Or is it your chastening? Or worse, even wrath?

Is it ours, or the fault of our leaders who sin?

God, you know.

Please show us the truth.

But rebuke the pride of each one who is certain.

Give introspection to every hard heart.

I ask for my leaders, and those still emerging.

I ask for myself, for I know not your will.

Bind our broken spirits, God.

Heal our broken land.

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: Days Away

God,

Who needs to hear the message, and is it even true?

The appeal was a warning: Do not risk our collapse.

So said the prime minister asking for aid.

The social explosion is just ‘days away.’

Do not hold us hostage to hopes for reform.

Our people are hungry—so why won’t you help?

We have already, they replied, and standing ready still.

They also scoffed, and rolled their eyes.

Your own house is disordered.

Meanwhile in Lebanon the pharmacies strike.

Medicine cannot be found on the shelves.

But a warehouse in Tripoli revealed hidden stocks,

When the protesters stormed and then filmed its supply.

The lifting of subsidies – unknown days away.

How many are hoarding, just to cash in?

But days away also is the resignation

Of the prime minister designate unable to form

A government able to come to consensus.

Eleven months later—back at square one?

This is the message, God, is it even true?

Where is their fear of a social collapse?

If an explosion of anger is pending

Is it only for leverage they hope it to use?

And of the explosion that already happened,

Delays have been placed in front of the court.

Shielded from probe is the intelligence figure,

While parliament debates an immunity lift.

Justice pending—days away.

How many, God?

Also the doubters made fun of Peter,

Wondering when the Messiah would return.

But a thousand years is as a day.

And like a thief, he surely comes.

God this is little to help suffering people,

But should fill politicians with your holy fear.

And then like the widow persistent in nagging

Let those seeking justice shout loud at God’s door.

They do so at parliament.

God, though, will act.

When?

How?

We wonder. We wait. We doubt. We might quit.

But God, give us faith you will not let us go.

Convict us first of contributing sin.

Convict them next, before the law.

God, who is ‘them’?

God, you know—and so do they.

Show them now so they might change.

Show us next, if change they won’t.

This is your message; we trust it is true.

Who needs to hear it?

Lebanon, all.

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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Evangelicals Ask Pope Francis to Help Save Lebanon

Pope Francis, flanked by senior leaders of the various Christian Churches and communities of Lebanon. Kassab is 2nd from right.

Pope Francis has a message to consider from Lebanon’s evangelicals.

“We are not comfortable in our sectarian system, and thank God that we are not a part of the politics that led the country to collapse,” said Joseph Kassab, president of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon.

“We are not benefiting, and it hurts us like the vast majority of the Lebanese people.”

Last week the Catholic pontiff invited Lebanon’s Christian denominations to the Vatican for a time of prayer and reflection. Ten patriarchs, bishops, and church leaders gathered, as Francis encouraged them to speak with one voice to the politicians of their nation.

Lebanon has been unable to form a new government since its prior one resigned 11 months ago, following the massive explosion at Beirut’s port. As its Christian, Sunni, Shiite, and Druze political parties wrangle over representation, more than half the population now falls below the poverty line.

Following a default on national debt, personal bank accounts have been largely frozen as the Lebanese lira has lost over 90 percent of its value. The World Bank estimates the economic collapse to be among the world’s three worst in the last 150 years.

“We blame and condemn our Christian and Muslim political leaders equally,” said Kassab.

“We have to say this loudly.”

The nation’s longstanding sectarian system, however, works to recycle these leaders. Lebanon’s president must be a Maronite Christian, its prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and its speaker of parliament a Shiite Muslim.

The 128 parliament seats are divided evenly between Muslims and Christians, with one reserved for Protestants. But confessional distribution extends into ministerial and civil service positions, including the army, police, and intelligence services.

Each community seeks to maximize its interests, while being careful not to upset the sectarian balance.

“Positions are distributed by religious identity, not qualification,” said Kassab. “Francis called us to push our politicians toward the common good, but we are imprisoned in this system.” Closed door discussions were…

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on July 8, 2021. Please click here to read the full text.

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Lebanon Prayer: Care for Oil

God,

Our oil supply must come from somewhere.

East or West, or from within.

Some say fuel will surely double

If corruption lifts its hand.

Instead the subsidies are lifted

The rate to pay has doubled—plus.

A slight supply increase to market,

Yet prices surge; who can afford?

Decisions made by the caretaker

Show again that so few care

To push beyond impasse of party

And form a government, to work.

Or could it be they all care deeply?

At zero-sum, no one gives in.

But show us, God, what are the issues?

A blocking third? Tripartite rule?

What must be so strong avoided

To force the people suffering more?

Do they care but for themselves?

Do they fight but for their own?

Bless them, God. And steer them rightly.

But we cast our cares on you.

The oil we need is that for healing.

With prayer, it makes the sick one well.

Can it also restore Lebanon?

God, we hope.

We trust.

We care.

We lay our hands upon the nation—faith is failing, still we try.

We put our hands upon the plowshare.

We get to work at what we can.

We clasp our hands with fellow citizens.

We will not part ‘til all are whole.

Alas, oh God, our hands are empty.

Bless our nation, even so.

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’s Christian Schools Are Full of Muslims—and They Need Help

Image courtesy of NESN

The 2021 graduating class of the National Evangelical School in Nabatieh (NESN) is entirely Shiite Muslim.

While certainly not the image of a typical Christian school in the United States, it is hardly an outlier in Lebanon, where 35 evangelical schools average student bodies that are two-thirds Muslim.

Located 35 miles south of Beirut, Nabatieh originally had a 10 percent Christian population when American Presbyterian missionary Lewis Loe founded the school in 1925. Based in the city’s Christian quarter, NESN drew students from all sects until the civil war drove the once integrated communities apart. From 1978 to 1982, Israeli occupation forced the school to close altogether.

When the city was attacked again during the 2006 war, the school’s bomb shelter gave refuge to frightened children. Relative peace since then has allowed the shelter to become a storage room, but less than 40 Christian families remain in the city. Even so, NESN draws from surrounding villages to maintain a Christian share of 10 percent among its 100-some faculty.

But the new crisis facing Lebanon is financial. Year-end inflation for 2020 was 145 percent, as food prices surged over 400 percent. The World Bank judged the economic collapse to be one of the world’s three worst in the last 150 years.

Teacher salaries have lost nearly 90 percent of their value.

Three years ago, NESN’s 100-foot Christmas tree was Lebanon’s largest. This year—as debt equaled the entire operational budget minus teacher salary—the school could not afford even the Charlie Brown version.

A highlight of the school calendar, Christian elements are welcomed by the local Shiite population—including its substantial number of Hezbollah-affiliated families, said principal Shadi El-Hajjar.

Since he assumed leadership in 2013, the student body of 1,400 has more than doubled.

“We teach compassion, forgiveness, and love of enemies,” Hajjar said, “but as culture and practice, not religion.

“This makes us unique, and draws people to the school.”

It was not always this way.

Decades of appreciative tolerance…

This article was originally published on June 16, 2021, at Christianity Today. Please click here to read the full text.

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Lebanon Prayer: Comfort, Comfort

God,

“Comfort, comfort,” wrote Isaiah.

The time of hardship has now passed.

Gentle words to heal a people.

A highway straightened for their God.

God, these words are needed now.

The suffering is not complete.

In the past you punished double recompense for all their sins.

How much more is due for Lebanon?

For civil war, corruption, blast?

Is a call to repentance just more added burden?

Or the only way forward to peace and relief?

Comfort.

For want of it the people flail – strikes and protests, cries for help.

Lawyers. Doctors. Pharmacists. Army.

Even the gauntlet of sanction-barred oil.

“Surely the nations are a drop in the bucket.”

“Lebanon insufficient for your altar fire.”

God is this your vision for our ancient nation?

Kindling and ashes; a place to be burned?

God, “you bring the rulers to nothing.”

Is that what has happened to Lebanon, too?

So many grow tired as they fight and bicker.

God, may it be that they strive for the good.

But certainly no one has come up with answers.

A government absent for more than ten months.

Comfort.

It must be true. It must be somewhere.

It is not here. It is not real.

Many say so.

But no, we cannot let that be the conclusion.  

“Hope in the Lord, and renew your strength.”

Maybe this is the secret of doctors and lawyers,

Finding resolve amid hopeless despair.

God, they are trying. God, they keep striving.

Will you honor their efforts? Make everything right?

God, when you come, you come with your power.

But yet like a shepherd, tending the flock.

Do I want comfort? Would I rather anger?

Both are made perfect in your promised help.

When, God?

What now?

Where is that highway made straight for the king?

We cannot run, we grow too weary.

We barely walk, we grow too faint.

“Comfort, comfort.”

“Your sin has been paid for.”

Help Lebanon know this.

Help Lebanon heal.

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: Whiplash

God,

I drive down the road—to the left and the right

Are lines of the frustrated waiting for gas.

I know, for I was in it.

I sit in my house, and I wait for the beep—

Electricity switches too often to count.

A constant reminder the state can’t supply

The power that is needed to turn on the lights.

And now I am told alternate generators

Will now also ration four hours each day.

I groan, for I am helpless.

But what of my money still trapped in the bank?

The news gives me whiplash on top of despair.

The court order killed the release of deposits

At 3900, already unfair.

Must I go quickly and take what is offered

Before 1500 is all I can get?

But then steps in the president and central bank governor

To restore the rate that I previously cursed.

And the next day a promise of $400 dollars—

To withdraw every month, and double if black.

What do I care of the court’s independence?

I need back my money; the court’s on its own.

I sigh, for I remember.

Sixteen years ago: My prime minister killed

When a bomb blew a hole through downtown Beirut.

And in subsequent months other figures were added.

The list of the victims grew ever too long.

Of course, I am waiting for justice forthcoming

In the blast that has leveled near half of Beirut.

But the UN tribunal assigned all the old cases

Has run out of money: The bankrupted state cannot pay its bills.

I read, but get no comfort:

150 years.

Among the three worst collapses.

Lebanon falls.

Our economy gone.

God, where are you?

God, do you care?  

I pray, but find no answer.

I hurt, what can I do?

I wait, I know you’re faithful.

I sing, despite it all.

I have life. I have breath. I have family. Friends.

The sun rises each morning.

The mountains stand tall.

Make me like them, God.

Your light, in the darkness.

Your strength, for the weak.

I am weak; my nation weaker.

Give us a government.

Give us your hope.

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.