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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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

God, If the video is authentic, the suicide bomber strolled into the church grounds. Reports say the guards were distracted, perhaps having breakfast together. A church doorman followed him to inquire. Seconds later – the bomber likely ran though the near door leading to the women’s entrance – the roof and outside wall shook. Twenty-five … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

God, Inflation hit a high of 20 percent this month. Egyptians are suffering as the state seeks to stop years of internal bleeding. But the response of some only does more damage – to themselves and the country. Egypt this week arrested a ring of doctors involved in the illegal trafficking of organs, attached even … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Medicine

God, As with all people, sometimes society falls sick. Help Egypt restore herself to health. But first, the people need medicine. Since the floating of the Egyptian pound essential drugs have been hard to come by. The price of imported raw materials nearly doubled overnight, while a cap is placed on consumer prices. Drug manufacturers … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

  God, Men will always defend their turf. But doing so can shake the whole. Make Egypt more than the sum of her parts. Being her together in consensus with all. The state has proposed an agricultural investment project in the underdeveloped areas of the south. But doing so sells off the land of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pardon

God, Eighty-two Egyptian youth are free today. Some say they never should have been imprisoned to begin with. The majority were convicted for breaking the protest law. Some were guilty of thought-related crimes. All had exhausted their legal appeals. Some had only a little time left on their sentence. God, thank you for freedom, theirs … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

Friday Prayers for Egypt: November Float

God, Egypt finally took the plunge. After years of spending hard currency to support the pound, the Central Bank decided to float it against the dollar. Economists rejoiced, IMF authorities nodded, and an already inflationary local market braced for another blow. Society, meanwhile, braces for planned protests on November 11. No one is certain if … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Youth

God, How shall a young man cleanse his … country? Two paths were open for Egypt’s youth this week, invited to a national youth conference sponsored by the president. One group decided to attend, to make their voice heard. Another thought their voice would be louder in boycott. God, bless them both. Those present heard … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prices

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prices

God, For many in Egypt these are difficult days. Taxes are increasing, subsidies are reducing, the pound is depreciating, and prices are rising. And as many fear worse is to come, people are hoarding. Basic commodities are disappearing. Some are smuggling, others siphoning. The government is reacting. The military is supplying. The economy is sliding. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

God, Egypt witnessed a frightful return, disturbing a relative quiet. The pattern subsided but not that long ago was a viable threat. May it not be a portent of things to come. A car bomb detonated in an upper class neighborhood, injuring one bystander but missing the deputy prosecutor-general. Fifteen months ago, his positional superior … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Church and Loan

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Church and Loan

God, Long awaited items seem almost there. But almost to arrival is still a distance. Give wisdom in the final days of discussion. Egypt’s Christians have long complained of difficulty in securing authorization to build churches. The new constitution mandated a law be passed by parliament in its first term to govern a better process. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Normalizing Ties?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Normalizing Ties?

God, You desire good relations. But politics is often about particular interests, and sometimes relationships go sour. Sometimes they are damaged beyond repair. Perhaps in some cases, an outright break is necessary and best. So with Israel, Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood, God, help Egypt arrange her affairs properly. Feelers have gone out that perhaps … Continue reading