Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
     Jerusalem–built as a city that is bound firmly together.
         To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel,
              to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
     For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
     “May they prosper who love you.
      Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
      For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”
      For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.


From Rev. David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister:

When I get that mushy feeling listening to “Home for the Holidays,” I realize just how foreign it is to our culture to imagine this season as something focused on anything but house and home.  Yet it is not our houses but God’s home that is at the heart of Advent – more specifically, God’s coming to this world with redemption for the household of Israel…and for the world.

The words of praise, prayer, and peacemaking in the Psalm call me back to the Source of all of this season’s promise, so that our old house on Ann Street and all of earth’s dwellings may have new meaning as signs of God’s loving and redeeming presence in the world – true signs of comfort and joy – holy hospitality.


May we seek you and find you, O God,

bringing life to the world and meaning to our dwellings upon this earth.