“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.” (Psalms 122:6-9)
I missed by one day, because I only realized this morning, that yesterday, Sun Dec 1, was the first Sunday of Advent. With Adventing come so quickly on the heels of Thanksgiving, it is sometimes hard to “shift gears”, moving from giving thanks to waiting in ancipation. We waited all November long for Thanksgiving, and now we wait again.
But if we consider these verses day, in conjunction with the admonition to tend to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we would do well. The prayer of peace in goes beyond simply words because verse nine says, “I will seek your good.” I hope and pray gentle reader that you have sought the good of your brothers and sisters this day.
Next Sunday I will pick another verse from the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent Year A.