In Zechariah 8, the prophet offers these words:
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with a staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets.
I pray it may be true in Jerusalem and also Damascus. I pray this for where I live, too. As a wife and mother, my most frequent prayer is that my husband lives to see our grandchildren. This pretty much sums up all my hopes and wishes for life: A long life with my beloved and to see my own children grow into adulthood, and if God wills, to have children of their own! I was reminded of a quote from Henry Noewen: “anyone trying to live a spiritual life will soon discover that the most personal is the most universal, the most hidden is the most public, and the most solitary is the most communal.” How true! I wish a better life for the children living in Syria in part because I wish for the same blessing for our own sweet children. I pray for God’s healing love to make a better future in Syria, and I pray for us all to love truth and peace.
I pray especially for safety of children travelling as refugees. I pray for their parents, too. God give the parents the strength they need for a most difficult journey to an unknown future. It’s hard enough to be a refugee, but to be a refugee with children in tow. I can only begin to imagine the physical exhaustion and frustration the parents must feel. I don’t even want to think about winter coming. I pray the children give the parents strength, love. and hope to endure.
I chose to do a little digital art this time, simply adding a Bible verse to a stock photo to create a printable that speaks to my heart about what the vision in Zechariah 8 is all about…