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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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Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

Flag Cross Quran

God,

The week opened with numerous protesters and a few policemen dead after clashes on the revolution anniversary. It ended with many soldiers dead following terrorist attacks on their positions in Sinai.

God, be merciful to Egypt. Pretentions are dropping as pro-Brotherhood and pro-state media openly incite against one another. Beyond the lives lost the battle is for stability, perhaps interpreted as justice.

Justice for one side means exposure and conviction of a clandestine group which manipulated its way into power. Justice for the other means exposure and conviction of a cabal which manipulated them out of it.

But for too many of both, justice is interpreted as death.

And stability is the card. If it can be maintained the status quo will reveal the sins of the former. If it can be upended the reversal will reveal the sins of the latter.

All have sinned, God, and fall short of your righteousness. Make known in Egypt your justice.

And in it, God, be merciful to Egypt. Soften the hearts of all. May police work with utmost respect. May activists protest with utmost peace. When either side violates, may this commitment double among the offended.

Because among many, civility is halving. God, honor all that you can of their zeal, but shine your light upon hatred, revenge, and calculating ambition.

Let death be neither means nor goal. Rid its sting, deny its victory. God, be merciful to Egypt, and grant her your stability.

Amen.