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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Acts 21A Prayer as We Go Up to Jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem

For the last few days we have explored the journey we make individually and collectively as we ascend to God’s holy place.  We have examined ourselves to see how and if and why we might want to go up to Jerusalem.  We have determined that the journey is arduous and requires much of us.  And we have decided to join others in this pilgrim march.

And so we pray . . .

Good and gracious God,

We know that we must all go up to Jerusalem to meet you despite and even through the conflict – because there is something in Jerusalem which is far better than anything we can imagine.  Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what you have ready for those who love you, St Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us this today; he gathers himself and the other disciples to go to meet you despite the strife which lies ahead.

We know that we must all go up to Jerusalem because we can do nothing else, we can take no other action, we can join no other cause that will bring us as much as you want to bring to us.  We must stay and stand . . . and shirk away from no cross.

We know that we must all go up to Jerusalem for that is where we meet you, God.  There are many directions from which to travel, many roads on which to journey, many people with whom to travel, but travel we must because it is the only destination worth seeking and the only road worth traveling.

We know that we must all up to Jerusalem in joy and anticipation for there is no greater delight, no greater happiness than the gladness that you have in mind for us.

As we move through Lent toward Palm Sunday to begin Holy Week when we celebrate your entrance into Jerusalem, we want to go up to Jerusalem for there is no other place to go, no other place we want to be.

Call us to you. Take us with you. Hold us close despite the trials of the journey . . . for we know that we must all go up to Jerusalem.  Amen.

Paul to the people of Corinth at: 1 Corinthians 2:9 

To learn more about Jerusalem, visit Victor’s Place blog and read the Up to Jerusalem post at: http://vhoagland.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/up-to-jerusalem-november-10/

For more Jerusalem photos, click on the image above or go to: http://www.jabberwocky.com/photo/israel/jerusalem.html

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