Friday, October 25
Psalm 11:3 asks what we do in times of crisis: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Egypt has experienced a dramatic shift as a result of the revolution of January 25, 2011. Many of the Egyptian people feel they lost their foundations. Their sense of security has vanished, their trust in solid beliefs is shaken, and their dreams of a better future for themselves and their children are in question. The outcomes of the revolution have differed from what was expected, leaving moderate Egyptians with a sense of dissatisfaction.
For Egyptian Christians, who represent a large minority, these feelings are intensified. They among all other minorities were the most oppressed under the Mubarak regime. Day after day, the number of Christians who emigrate increases in spite of many sincere voices encouraging them to remain in their home country.
The question the psalmist asks is therefore a vital one for Egyptian Christians. The answer is provided in the following verse: “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind” (v. 4). This answer provides assurance in times of turbulence. God is here and is in control. God guides history with his wisdom, his sophia, and God is mindful of his people and shows them love through his Son, his Logos. This is why the psalmist concludes with these comforting and encouraging words: “For the Lord is righteous, he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face” (v. 7).
—Rev. Samir Youssef, associate pastor, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Cairo, Egypt
Let us join in prayer for:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt (Synod of the Nile): Rev. Reda Thabet, moderator, Rev. Nashat Watson, vice moderator, Rev. Refat Fathy, general secretary, Rev. Tharwat Wahba, chair of Pastoral & Outreach Ministries Council, Dr. Nadia Halime, moderator of Women’s Union, Dr. Tharwat Kades, Council of Ecumenical Relation & Dialogues • Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC): Rev. Makram Nagib, chair of the board, Rev. Atef Mehani Gendy, president, Rev. Magdi Sadiq Gendi, vice president • Coptic Orthodox Church on the See of St. Mark the Evangelist • Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services: Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, director general • St. Andrew’s Refugee Services
Presbytery/Synod Partnerships: Presbytery of Des Moines, with Joining Hands; Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, with the Synod of the Nile of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Lisa Sayers, BOP
Ray Scaletti, OGA
Let us pray
Most gracious God, protect and strengthen your children in Egypt, especially in times of crisis, that they might see your face and be living examples of Jesus Christ. Amen.