Preparation Day -2- (6/6) Psalm 127
1 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
(Crusader Watchtower Caesarea)
Thoughts: The question occurs to the pilgrim- “Where would we be without the Lord?” God should be in all that we do- the building of our houses, the guarding of our homes, the obtaining of our food, even our sleep. As pilgrims we are called to place the Lord foremost in our journey. This also is a prayer for the entrusting of our homes that we are leaving on our pilgrimage to God’s care. God guards our homes and our children when we are gone. As we go on our way, we should pray for our children if we have them. If we go to the prayer wall in Jerusalem, we may consider who we will place in the wall- perhaps our children’s names should be there.
Prayer: God go with us in our journey and in our leaving.