Psalm 128 All you who fear God, how blessed you are!
how happily you walk on his smooth straight road!
You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming.
Enjoy the blessing! Soak in the goodness!
Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes,
your household lush as a vineyard,
The children around your table
as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.
Stand in awe of God’s Yes.
Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!
Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem
every day of your life.And enjoy your grandchildren.
Peace to Israel!
Reflection. I have just been watching a Ukrainian mother grieving for her son. She had to bury him in her garden after he was shot down in the street. I offer the above psalm as a picture of hope for this one desperate mother. It seems little to offer, but one day, please one day soon, may she know peace and love again. The pslam ends with the words, 'Peace to Israel.' Our prayer must be, 'Peace to Ukraine.'
Prayer. Peace, peace, peace, that is our plea, Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.