Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

Deeply concerned about the news out of Israel and Gaza today.

It seems like both sides of that conflict are engaged in a dangerous game of chicken with each other.

And so, perhaps a good time to repost this song and video from me.

In the name of our common God, let’s keep praying for peace.

Ishmael and Isaac

Two young half brothers
sons of different mothers
playing with each other
in that hot desert sand.
But the sins on their fathers
are still the sins of their sons
in this land that’s still just promise
and this war that’s never won.

There has never been a war that’s holy.
this has never been an empty land.
there has never been a side that’s blameless
in the feud between the sons of Abraham.

Two young half brothers
sons of different mothers
playing with each other
in that hot desert sand.
But the sins on their fathers
are still the sins of their sons
in this land that’s still just promise
and this war that’s never won.
Woe…

Turn back times pages and all you’ll see
is the world’s oldest sibling rivalry
And so we pray crazy prayers that
Peace could one day kiss this land
And that children of today could live
as those two sons began…when they were…

Two young half brothers
sons of different mothers
playing with each other
in that hot desert sand.
But the sins on their fathers
are still the sins of their sons
in this land that’s still just promise
and this war that’s never won.

Yes, the land is still just promise.
And this war cannot be won.
Woe…

words and music, Eric Folkerth © All Rights Reserved.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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