A good occasion to pray for the peace of Jerusalem

A good occasion to pray for the peace of Jerusalem

This year, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) will be celebrated in Israel from the evening of June 1 through the evening of June 2.

Following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, Jerusalem was considered an “international city” and was to remain as such for 10 years. The plan was for residents at that time to vote for what country Jerusalem would join.

That plan ended when Jordan attacked Israel in May 1948. The ensuring war resulted in Israel and Jordan each controlling separate parts of Jerusalem.

On June 6, 1967, the Six-Day War began. On June 7 (the 28th of Iyar), the Jordanian-controlled part of Jerusalem was taken by Israeli forces. The war ended with a cease-fire on June 11, 1967.

In May 1968, the 28th of Iyar was proclaimed as a holiday to mark the reunification of Jerusalem.

Thirty years later it was passed into law as a national holiday.

If you have a Jewish friend, you might like to send a card to say that as Jerusalem Day approaches, you’ll be praying for the peace of Jerusalem, just like Psalm 122:6 says. You might even write out the verse:

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May they prosper who love you.”

And you can add something like: “I don’t think the verse means that praying for Jerusalem will make me rich. But I think that loving what and whom God loves adds a spiritual richness and vitality to life. I know that He loves the Jewish people and has made special promises concerning Jerusalem.”

This may or may not open up a conversation down the line, but whether or not it does, a seed will be planted!

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