My daily devotional opened to Psalm 122 this morning. Instantly, I was transported back to Jerusalem. Just three short weeks ago my husband and I, along with a group of 23 dear friends from Bridge for Peace, were walking her streets; walking in and out of her beautiful gates; rejoicing in the house of the Lord; praising the name of the Lord in her gardens and chapels; praying for her peace and prosperity. We lived Psalm 122 last month. A pilgrimage to Jerusalem brings the Bible to life. I pray you walk through her gates one day soon.

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.

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