As Egypt made one statement, it deferred on another. May wisdom couple with pragmatism, but only where is right.
An official at one of the nation’s highest courts was exposed for taking bribes. As his case was paraded in the media, the extent of corruption is not yet clear.
But the president took occasion to renew the call to clean the system, asking that all be held accountable.
May it be so, God. Establish the systems necessary to create the fear of stepping out of line. And in conjunction, develop the integrity necessary that it might not be considered.
In process, move anti-corruption efforts from the spectacular to the mundane. Equip a cadre to ferret out irregularity. Expand their influence to change a culture.
And protect them, God. From without, from any enemies created. From within, from the enemy of the soul. How easily they themselves could be corrupted. How easily their work might manipulate in turn.
So as Egypt reaches out to assist those troubled by the economy, may it reach the needy at every level.
Support has been extended not only to the poor, but to struggling tourism facilities in need of renovation and to import-dependent businesses in fear of bankruptcy.
Meanwhile internationally, it is Egypt who stands in need of support. Keep her honorable in the pursuit thereof.
After raising a resolution at the UN against Israeli settlements, Egypt withdrew it in deference to Trump. She later voted in favor of a multi-national resolution she did not join in sponsoring.
Some say she buckled in support of the more needy Palestinians. Others say she brokered favor with the strong while not abandoning a principle.
God, decipher motivation and judge accordingly. But help Egypt to be true, and support her if she is.
For Egypt has also taken complicating positions toward Syria and Yemen. She dances with Saudi as the disputed Red Sea islands remain in court. She must resolve tourism issues with Russia and Britain. America gives millions in military aid; Israel is essential in border control.
God, give Egypt resolution. Free her from corruption.
Help her to wade through troubled waters with her head held high, with the confidence that comes only from uprightness.
Wisdom, God. Pragmatism, too. Peace, justice, prosperity. May they come in their fullness, and soon.