O Jerusalem, Jerusalem!

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Jerusalem via Pixabay CC0

O Lord soften the stone hearts
of those who preach and practice
intolerance and bigotry;
as the sun’s setting glow
softens the stone walls
of your Holy City, Jerusalem.

Lord, the rocky hills, the valleys,
the desert and the sea shores
are filled with the echoes of centuries of pain.

Lord, bring peace to house and village.
Comfort the mothers who fret
and those who mourn.
Lord, keep strong the twisted old root
of the olive tree,
and protect the young vine.

Lord of water and stone,
of bread and wine,
Lord of the resurrection,
feed hope, and bring peace
to these wracked but beautiful holy lands.

Gerald Butt, Middle East Analyst, Broadcaster and Writer

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O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.

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