Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Praying for Egyptian people

We are so blessed in the United States. We have elections. Candidates are sworn into office. They serve.

Another election cycle comes around and we repeat the process.

Sometimes, we re-elect a candidate and other times they are thrown out of office. The process isn't awash in a sea of people taking to the streets. Rather it is an orderly process of folks driving down to the polling site and casting a ballot. We only run into trouble when there are hanging chads.

In Egypt, things are a lot different. People have been protesting their government for a week. Men are shouting as TV reporters are filming on street corners that their President Hosni Mubarak should leave his post.

While Mubarak goes by the title president, it isn't at all like the type of president we are used to here in the states. When you see phrases like "ruled with an iron fist for three decades" in multiple news reports, you realize: NO, it's not the same.

The military is out policing the streets as thousands are out protesting. The military spokesman insisted on Monday they are not there to "deploy 'violence' against the people."

I pray that is true. The protests are growing bigger. Today, Feb. 1, there are calls for "million-man" marches in Cairo and Alexandria. I'm guessing they will meet that goal. All the social, political and economic grievances of the people are difficult to thwart.

Mubarak tried to squash the protests on Saturday announcing that he would get rid of his previous cabinet. He appointed a vice president and tapped a few men to work on the reorganizations, but it has done little to stop the protests.

Foreigners including more than 500 Americans have left Egypt. But, Egyptian families are left amid the chaos which has included looting, citizen patrols and checkpoints and prison breaks. Good news is that almost 2,100 escaped prison inmates had been arrested.

I know many people don't like the way our country goes from time-to-time. There is an ebb and flow to our political system. We're very fortunate we have a system that allows our input in a peaceful way.

While we're going about our normal day, we can pray for the peace and safety of those protesting in Egypt and hope the resolution improves the nation and its people.

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