Thursday, April 18, 2013

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 is a picture of everyone finding their source of life and joy from God within the walls of the city.

I think if we apply this today, we might discover that in welcoming the stranger and helping the immigrant register for paperwork, we will find ourselves joining them in a flourishing kingdom life.

I have been reading the book, a Culture of Honor, by Danny Silk, in it he speaks about becoming people with a wealth mindset.  With a wealth mindset, we become benefactors opening our hands in trust toward God and others.

I think that is the mind we need during this hour of grappling over how we help undocumented people register.  We need to step outside of the fear and remember that God is the source of life and he is well able to help the people flourish.

I pray that we will seek a just, humane immigration reform.  May our country and the people who comer here flourish in the goodness of God.  May our lawmakers be creative in their process.  May justice be done.  May your kingdom come, may your will be done, on the earth as it is in heaven.

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