Over the past few weeks violent clashes in Israel have escalated dramatically. So far it is reported over 200 people (which includes adults, youth and children) have been killed. I’ve been deeply sadden by the news and truthfully I’m feeling rather unsettled and helpless. I know the Israeli-Palestine issues are complicated and Jerusalem has been the scene of violent confrontations between Jews and Palestinians for 100 plus years. It remains one of the most bitterly contested cities on earth. I reject the old Jay Livingston and Ray Evans song (You have to look it up) because things don’t have to be whatever they’ll be.  Things can be different. To me it’s a biblical principal and faith-filled practice.  How is peace accomplish? That is the 6,647 miles away question. As I sit safely detached from the destruction caused by bombs and rockets, I lift my eyes to the hills and wonder. So today, I set aside an hour just to sit quietly in prayer. Prayer is the one thing I can do and scripture reminds me (and us) to prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 122:6-9
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers. For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, Peace be within you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”

Reflection Questions:
What are the root causes of violence?
What does it mean to prosper?
How are you seeking the Lord’s good?

Prayer: Holy God, I pray for peace throughout your creation. I particularly pray for peace in Jerusalem. I pray for peace in this great country, for peace in families and relationships, and I pray for your peace to settle upon me. Amen.