1 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
2 Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem — built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
4 To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
5 For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”
8 For the sake of my relatives and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.
Creator God, creating still, I give thanks for your invitation to enter into the house of the Lord. I am even more grateful that the boundaries of the house of the Lord have so expanded that wherever I am in communion with you, I am there. God, I pray for peace today for the worldwide house of the Lord. I pray for Jerusalem and I pray for Palestine. May peace be within and around all the walls that have ever been built and may we continually work for a world where all people know safety and security, for the sake of the house of the Lord our God. Amen.
Written by Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman (she/her), Campus Minister
Ekklesia at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
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