Well today, because we are in year a, the lectionary plays a little deja vu with us and presents psalm 122 again as the psalm for the day. Initially I thought well maybe I will go elsewhere for a psalm today, but then I thought, no. This is partly what Advent is about, seeing anew that which we thought was familiar. Seeing it with new eyes, from a new perspective, in a new context. So here it is again.
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.
On Saturday we had a quiz at church with the children having to find answers by doing jigsaws, wordsearch, colouring-in and a spot the difference, and I thought that is it. Look for the difference, the difference not in the words as the words are the same, the difference a day makes to those very same words. Yesterday God’s message was one thing, but what is that message today?