When I went to Israel earlier this year many people in my family and friend groups were nervous for me to go. They were afraid because of the violence that has torn the country apart, the terrible story of the Palestinians and Israelis. I was not worried at all, I knew that the tour group would keep us safe. I would like to take a moment to recommend a book that I think everyone should read to better understand the situation in Israel, because it is a complicated one. The book is The Lemon Tree and it is wonderful. Anyway, in Psalm 87, you will read of Jerusalem and see it described as a Holy city that God loves. I loved Jerusalem and I cannot wait to go back, however, it was a place that is divided. There is tension in this Holy city and there has been much violence. However, Psalm 87 reminds us all that we are all, all, one human race, we are all related, all brothers and sisters. As the psalm says, “When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, ‘They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.’”
Read: Psalms 85, 86, and 87
Questions to Consider:
- What is your understanding of Palestinians/Israeli relations?
- What has shaped your understanding of Palestinians/Israeli relations?
- What does it mean to “love our neighbors”? How can you live that command out in your life?
Activity for the Day: Make the commitment to read or listen to The Lemon Tree.