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Looking Back: One Year Later

I cannot believe that it has been a year already since the Beirut port explosion occurred—a year since my city was ripped apart both physically and emotionally. A year has passed and the wounds are still slow to heal.

I have often wondered: When will we see the light at the end of this unending tunnel of bad news?

In addition to COVID, the economic crisis is still raging and we still do not have a government since the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab following the explosion at the Port of Beirut last August. It pains me to accept the fact that it does not convict the consciences of our politicians to rule over a field of ruins.

This year has taught me that we should not wait to see light at the end of the tunnel but that we need to look to the light of Christ and be the light to those around us. It is when darkness abounds that the light of those who trust in Him needs to shine ever brighter: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 – ESV).

The good news is that our Lord is at work in us and through us. Without his sustaining grace we would have closed our doors a long time ago.

We thank our partners for having been the light to us and for helping us, in turn, to be the light to our broken city.

Join LSESD and its staff as we reflect on the past year since the explosion in the following video.

Nabil Costa

Chief Executive Officer
Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development (LSESD)