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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

God, Since last week there has been much written but little resolved. Qatar and the Gulf allies have traded accusations and attempted mediation. But now a line in the sand has been drawn. A list of demands has been issued. Egypt, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and others, have given Qatar ten … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Saudi Islands

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Saudi Islands

God, Perhaps the story is over, perhaps the judiciary will still have a role. But two contested islands in the Red Sea have been ceded by Egypt to Saudi Arabia, after parliament ratified the president’s decision. It was an unpopular vote; proponents insist it was the right one. At issue is original ownership. Egypt has … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

God, The Gulf has had enough. So has Egypt. So have others. Some hedge their bets. Some play both sides. But it is a crisis, God. The tiny nation has been called out for supporting terrorism, within a region that is full of it, but usually sticks to innuendo. It also happens to host the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Continuation

God, To some degree, dramatic events were more of the same. For good or for ill, some may well carry forward, some must irrevocably stop. Judge rightly, God, and guide Egypt to your judgment. Coptic families were gunned down on an outing to a monastery. Websites were blocked in a dispute over content and orientation. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

God,  So much in Egypt is old. Some gets preserved. Some gets restored.  All is its heritage. Honor and judge appropriately.   Over the past few weeks many Pharaonic artefacts have been discovered. Mummies, statues, funerary cartouches. Let Egypt celebrate, God, and the world with her. Some are inspiring, some are mishandled. Help archaeology support the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Azhar Blasphemy

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Azhar Blasphemy

God, The Azhar defends Islam. The state defends the law. You defend your name. Together, may Egypt find its way. The grand imam fired the Azhar University president for calling a prominent critic an infidel. The minister of endowments censured a preacher for calling Christians unbelievers. The critic had been convicted of blasphemy, later pardoned. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

God, Two feuds escalated this week. One reached a preliminary conclusion, the other a concerning jolt. It may not be proper to pray mend the fences, but rather in wisdom to put all things right. After months of debate and clear judicial opposition, the president signed a parliament-ratified bill to select the chief judge of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pope

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pope

God, The pope is here. Of course, Egypt already has a pope. But this one is different. To most Egyptian Christians he is not. In the ancient world Rome and Alexandria were equals. But since then the Tiber has far eclipsed the Nile. God, to you your church is one. Give humility to one and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

God, Easter passed peacefully, but not Egypt. Though there were no troubles on the holiday, others sandwiched. A few days earlier Copts praying in a village were pelted with stones, as police looked on. A few days later terrorism struck at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai, as police responded. One officer died, a … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Palm Sunday

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Palm Sunday

God, Easter is coming. May it be safe for Egyptian Christians. Sunday is coming, and Monday after that, and Tuesday… May it be safe for Egyptians. Forty-five people are dead after twin suicide bombings at churches on the start of Holy Week. Among them are Muslims, though only one faith was targeted. This time. Some … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bread and Entry

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Bread and Entry

God, Facing a severe decline in tourism, Egypt doubles the entry fee. Facing corruption in the bread market, Egypt scales back supply. Both decisions can be seen as sensible, God, but outcry is loud and execution haphazard. Give wisdom for right policy. Immediately the government postponed the visa price hike, and hints a final decision … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

God, As one era passes, another begins. One died, and then two others. There is no connection, save a pernicious idea. Defeat it, God, and save the people – target and targetter alike. Far away in America, the Blind Sheikh passed away after many years of incarceration. Linked to terrorism in the first World Trade … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Divorce and Authority

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Divorce and Authority

God, You know best the worth of a woman. You know what is timeless, you know what is cultural. Help Egypt to know as you do, and act accordingly. Troubled by rising divorce rates, the president pushed for reform. Hoping a standardized process might curb rash decisions, he asked administrative witness and registration be made … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Falling Short

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Falling Short

God, Egypt was almost happy. Perhaps she was a little. The national soccer team came close to reclaiming its heritage as ‘best in Africa’, but fell short in the final. But so also seemed many of Egypt’s actors this week, for good or for ill. A women’s labor strike at a textile factory abandoned the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Quiet Revolution

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Quiet Revolution

God, January 25, 2011 was a momentous event. But if the president hadn’t said something, in 2017 Egypt might hardly have noticed. It was a turning point in history, he declared, though it brought on many troubles. But he praised the people and the martyrs, giving assurance Egypt is on the right path. May it … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Red Sea Verdict

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Red Sea Verdict

God, The court has spoken, and the land is Egyptian. Perhaps. Months ago the president and the Saudi king concluded an agreement that included return of sovereignty over two small islands in the Red Sea. Opponents called it an illegal transfer, as Egyptians died in war defending their home soil. This week the High Administrative … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

God, The law carries many meanings, but among them is license. Neither state nor citizen may act as they wish; the law – in principle – standardizes behavior. In Egypt, two laws in particular are illustrative. God, may the proper lessons be both learned and applied. Several weeks ago the parliament passed a controversial draft … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

God, Egypt’s economy is still not doing well. But at least she has more money to play with. May she play wisely. The second tranche of the World Bank loan was received, along with another installment from the African Development Bank. Together they represent well over a billion dollars. Egypt has many outstanding debts to … Continue reading