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May God remember the land of Egypt and her people.

1 February 2011

 

   

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I have been wanting to make some comment about the amazing events that are happening in Egypt but it is hard to know what to say about the protests and possible revolution there. Thousands of angry Egyptians have taken to the streets over the past few days in major cities across the country to protest against the government. The protesters are demonstrating against restrictions on their freedom and lack of economic equality. There has been a growing gap between the rich and poor in Egypt in recent years. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled for 30 years, is the target of the people’s anger. Protesters demand an end to his authoritarian rule.

The protests in Egypt have every appearance of being motivated by the people’s desire for more freedom and democracy. A very justifiable reaction to the oppressive environment that they have had to live under for such a long time. However whether or not this turns out to be a good thing for our brothers and sisters in Egypt will depend on the political developments that follow.

I am excited by the hope that this may be a story of people taking back their country. A story of courageous people who are willing to risk much in order to secure greater freedoms and a better future for their children, and who succeed in doing just that. But that hope is cautioned by thoughts about how the oppression could get worse for them if the extremists ended up running that country.

Like so many others, my hopes and prayers are with the Egyptian people that freedom and civil rights for all peoples and all opinions will win the day. During this time, we should pray for peace and safety in Egypt and for all of our Egyptian brothers and sisters. May God remember the land of Egypt and her people.

“Dear Lord, bring change, justice and peace to Egypt.
Poverty and oppression is never your will.
Let your hand bring calm and patience.
Restore order and wisdom to all Egyptians in this crisis.
Focus the passions of the people of Egypt for change
on mercy, boldness, courage, and calm resolve.
Bring peace to Egypt.
Preserve the lives of the innocent and the weak.
Make Egypt a safe haven in a world of terror.
Remind us all of Joseph the caretaker-father of the Prince of Peace who once brought his family to Egypt to seek safety from a violent leader.
Restore Egypt to be a safe haven in a world of terror.
In Jesus’ Name we pray.”

“Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created.”

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If you are, like me, fascinated by what is happening in Egypt, Aljazeera has been providing round the clock live coverage online.

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