Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

I am re-posting this today. This was written over a year ago, but it is even more important today. I don’t know what it is like to be on either side and have bombs aimed at me, but I do know what it is like to be pushed into a place of desperation and see God answer prayer in response to our pleas.

Charis: Subject to Change

It’s a commandment.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

While we were in Israel I was very aware of the presence of guns and the need to be vigilant against sudden violence. In the place where we live a lot of people own hunting rifles which are kept carefully locked up outside of hunting season, but I don’t know anyone who carries a weapon designed to shoot people, other than police. We don’t see many soldiers in these parts, and certainly we don’t see teenagers in shorts and flip-flops patrolling the community with automatic weapons slung over their shoulders like we saw at a kibbutz.

I don’t live in a place with concrete walls and barbed wire or big red signs in three languages that forbid other ethnicities from entering an area with threats to their lives if they use that road. I don’t know what it’s like to find…

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