I will write separately about the beauty of Giza and Sakkara.
For now, I am inspired to write about the way of things in Egypt right now.
As you drive out to Sakkara, you are going through farmlands that have hugged the Nile delta for thousands of years. Thousands. These farmers have got it down to a science. They are masters. Canals were dug years ago to bring water from the Nile, and the intense green you see is a stunning contrast to the sandy desert and tan buildings you see most everywhere else. It is startling, just as when Dorothy first enters Oz and you see color for the first time in the movie. Your eyes are addicted to seeing the sites, the culture, the people, and you cannot make them capture enough.
Our guide was a lovely woman who grew up in these farmlands. Where we saw beauty and green, she looked on with intense sadness. In her lifetime of just 34 years, she has watched illegal construction invade Giza and Sakkara. Basically, empty buildings, buildings that will never be used or filled, have been erected over viable farmland.
When you are sitting at your Easter table today, enjoying your smorgasbord of meats and veggies, take a moment to pray for these people. They so long for freedom. For a leader who will lead them to recapture the greatness of their people. Egyptians lead simple lives, centered on prayers and family, diets centered on bread and peasant/comfort food. They value family, and find great honor in supporting their elders and raising their children. Every person I have spoken to has hope. They are filled with hope and dreams for a future where they can be truly free. Where their Egypt is clean and cared for, their pyramids - a legacy from their ancestors that have watched the world change for 4,500 years - are properly tended and preserved.
It's hard to see the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World with trash swirling around it on the breeze. To see places where the hieroglyphs have been chipped off the wall by idiot tourists because there are no guards to protect them.
Pray for Egypt. Pray for a leader who wants more for his people, instead of himself. Pray for preservation.
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