JUNE 23

Read | Psalm 122

I rejoiced with those who said to me,

    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Our feet are standing

    in your gates, 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 stand the thrones for judgment,

    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 family 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.

Respond | Joey Dearduff

I often end my conversations not a Goodbye! but a Peace, friend! or a Peace be with you (unconventional, I know, but I learned it when as a child at my small town’s United Methodist Church during the Sunday morning practice of “Passing the Peace,” where the congregation would greet each other with a smile, a Good morning, and the repeating of my favored salutation. But I’ve always left it with the preposition with, however, when the peace of God is and shall be so much more. Peace be within you, the psalmist prays, invoking a God who not only accompanies us but dwells within us. Peace be before, behind, beneath, and beyond you. Peace be infinite, and peace be yours. 

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