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Prayer for a good humane immigration reform. Psalm 87

Psalm 87

On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord.
He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel.
O city of God, what glorious things are said of you!

I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me--also
Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.
They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!

Regarding Jerusalem it will be said,
"everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there."
And the Most High will personally bless this city.

When the Lord registers the nations, he will say,
"they have all become citizens of Jerusalem."

The people will play flutes and sing,
"the source of my life springs from Jerusalem."

I think this poem found in the book of Psalms tells it best.  Jerusalem is an image for the kingdom of God.  Revealed here is a picture of the kingdom in which outsiders are welcome and everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship.  It is a picture of how God will bless this city... and make it flourish.  It i…

The mind of faith... no punn intended 2

This morning I've been reading and thinking about atonement and the mind of faith.  There could be more but I think these atonement (at-one-ment) images apply.

When shame attacks the mind it's helpful to remember that Jesus made a grace-filled environment bridging the gap between ourselves and God.  I remember the Covenant God made with his people.  He took an animal and cut it apart sealing his Covenant in blood.  That's a little dark isn't it.  Primitive.  But there is meaning.  God made a Covenant with Abraham in which there were parts that God would keep and parts that we would keep.  God would bless his people and help them to flourish in the land.  The people of God would image God and live justly in the land remembering to keep all of God's commandments.  And if one side did not keep the Covenant, then it would be done to them what had been done to the animal in the Covenant ceremony.  God kept his side of the Covenant faithfully.  The people of God on the o…