By Lydia Davis
The news from Beirut of a devastating explosion on Tuesday has us all shaking our heads and sighing. Corrupt leadership over decades has weakened the country so much that there are few resources to respond to yet another crisis. As the only Middle East country with a sizeable Christian community, Lebanon’s churches and Christian organizations have an opportunity to be one of the best resources available. “Now is the time for the wounded church to rise again,” said pastor Hikmat Kashouh, “and be a healing agent of God’s restoring presence in a practical and caring way.” What an admirable way to see this crisis! I am inspired by these brothers and sisters, responding in Christ’s name to their neighbors.