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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Citizens, Foreign

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God,

The citizen abroad is vulnerable. A foreign culture is hard to navigate with ways and threats uncertain.

The citizen at home is vulnerable. A foreign media is hard to navigate with news and biases uncertain.

So God, give discernment.

A number of recent cases emerged where Egyptians have been assaulted in other countries. One, a female teenage student, just died from injuries suffered in London.

Authorities are following up the incidents, by urging joint measures to monitor the legal process.

A number of recent articles emerged where Egyptians are accused of violations in their country. One, a British outlet, saw an alleged female torture subject deny their reporting about her.

Authorities are following up on the incidents, by urging citizen awareness to prompt a legal process.

God, give Egypt wisdom with the outside world.

A foreign culture sparks creative innovation. A foreign media offers alternate perspective. Both are healthy. Both are dangerous.

So help Egypt pursue justice for its citizens abroad. May they live in peace and mutual positive crosspollination.

And help Egypt promote truth for its citizens at home. May they live in peace with multiple accurate source-publication.

God, the world is uncertain; humanity, vulnerable.

Home or abroad, navigate the Egyptian. But may home, especially, be blessed.

Amen.

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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

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God,

In all that happened this week in Egypt, the impression is not nearly as strong as that received from summer catch-up. First I read the news, largely from Egyptian sources. One could not be happier for the progress in the country.

But then I read the analysis, largely from Western sources. One could not be more depressed over the regression in the country.

Revolution. Coup. Hero. Autocrat. Strong state. Deep state. Terrorists. Detainees.

Some coverage was balanced; some was not. But reviewing the news of the summer felt like whiplash. I am still dizzy.

Egyptian media seems to have stabilized its perspective, as has the world’s. God, may they not remain in different places.

Even within all the necessary nuance, there is truth to the matter. May it be found, and be universally recognized. May it trump opinion. May it dismiss conspiracy.

May it be transparent.

God, censure those who spin the news to their own favor. Rebuke those who push an agenda. Events will always have interpretation; newsmen can never be fully objective.

But multiply, God, both evidence and fidelity. Release the information necessary; enable journalists to tell the story rightly.

And then may it be heard, by ears willing to hear.

Help all to live in the light, God. Shine in Egypt, and abroad.

Amen.