This year for Advent I am going to be taking a journey through the appointed psalms and rather than sitting by myself doing so I thought I would post them on the blog in case anyone was looking for something to take them through the season. There will be a few words, the psalm for the day and maybe an image. These are intended to kickstart your own thoughts not as an end in themselves. You may read the psalm and find that something else strikes you, that is wonderful. Journey the day with that thought exploring it in the world that surrounds you, ponder it as Mary did, in your heart.
Today it is the glorious Psalm 122 initially it seems a bit out of kilter with the beginning of Advent, however, this is the promise, this is the journey on which we are embarking. A journey that will take us past Christmas, and Epiphany and even Candlemas. A journey to the house of the Lord. A journey along the shore of Galilee, into Cana and Samaria, to Gethsemane and Golgotha, a journey to the tomb and beyond.
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 judgement 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.