If you watched the international news yesterday you could not help but hear about a bus stop bombing in Jerusalem. First, I and all the other students here at JUC are safe. Second, realize that all the news reports about Israel and Palestine are acts of terrorism and reprisal. The news does not tell how, on a daily basis, Arabs, Jews and Christians live in peace here. Life in Jerusalem does require extra awareness of your environment. But, it does not cause us to live in fear.
My grandpa on my Dad’s side regularly tells me, “The safest place you can be is in the center of God’s will.” That is where I believe I am.
So, what can you do about the ongoing violence in this part of the world? Read Psalm 122.
A song of ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“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 judgment 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.
Please also pray for the family of the woman who was killed.
Grace and peace to you.