Help Lebanon in the waiting. May it be a time of rest.
For many it is forced. The government put over 100 towns and villages in lockdown. One week entire, with nowhere to go.
And likely much more, without a government. Politicians spread blame when the French effort failed. It might get revived, but no signs are pending.
Some say Lebanon is on pause until American elections. Some say the country has no time to lose.
The Central Bank said that the worst is behind it. But the dollar exchange has renewed its fall.
Life continues, God. So does the suffering of many.
But could hope be pending? Might there be a line, finally drawn in the sand?
The maritime border is up for discussion. Lebanon and Israel will meet to divide.
A framework agreement is already decided. Each one their right to the natural gas.
Is there enough to revive the economy? Will it take too much time to prevent the collapse?
And will it be fair?
God, in this time of waiting, lead Lebanon to pray.
For transparent arrangements. For equitable share.
For warming relations. For a peace that is just.
And let this peace come also between the parties. Let them fight for their cause in support of the whole.
For national consensus. For strong institutions.
For a soon government. For thorough reform.
And to the degree necessary, American clarity. Set Lebanon’s path upon sovereign decision. Yet so much of the world awaits what will be.
It is not all America’s power of decision. Heal the earth of Corona, paralysis, fear.
For slowing its spread. For needed supplies.
For developed vaccines. For this plague to pass.
In all of these, God, there is little most can do but wait.
God, Lebanon needs it. Thank you for this pause.
If only on hold, then the pressure is building. Until resolution, the tension stays tight.
But there is life beyond lockdown. Play beyond politics. Love beyond lucre.
There is family. There is nature. There is you.
Things far more essential. Things far more secure.
Strengthen the nation to resume its struggle. Let no one grow weary in doing the right.
But now, give a sabbath.
Hold Lebanon close.
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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.