October 10, 2023
I rejoiced when I heard them say, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise
the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.
There the thrones for justice stand, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.
We hope when this conflict ceases, the land will be restored as a land of hope and opportunity for all. May the violence born of hatred be defeated so we may have the opportunity to meet one another as human beings seeking justice and dignity for all.