Today the United States dedicated its embassy in Israel, which relocated from TelAviv to Jerusalem. At a grand ceremony, many influential people spoke, frequently invoking God’s name, praying or quoting scripture. More than one mentioned the words of Psalm 122 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.
Calling a group of words a “prayer” and closing your eyes while you utter them does not make your words holy. It certainly doesn’t fool the Holy One, who sees into our hearts and is aware of our actions and intentions.
While the ceremony of self-congratulation was underway in Jerusalem, some 40 miles away Israelis were firing tear gas onto Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza strip, killing (as of this writing) 52 people.
The timing of the event was purposeful, corresponding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel (May 14, 1948). Of course, the next day, May 15, is commemorated by the Palestinians as the Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe. The symbol of the Nakba is a key because [Read more…] about Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem