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Palm Sunday: intentional this Holy Week?

I’m tired, and it is Palm Sunday, and I know I should be preparing my heart for Holy Week, for Easter. But I’m tired having (shockingly) over-committed this weekend. I should be considering worship and God and the great story of redemption that Palm Sunday was a part of thousands of years ago. The world is transformed. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard has been utterly transformational in my faith. I reread some sections yesterday, and this quote stood out to me. I want to camp out on these words as Holy Week begins. Maybe this will help you too.

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Now we need to understand that what simply occupies our mind very largely governs what we do. It sets the emotional tone out of which our actions flow, and it projects the possible courses of actions available to us. Also the mind, though of little power on its own, is the place of our widest and most basic freedom. This is true in both a direct and an indirect sense. Of all the things we do, we have more freedom with respect to what we will think of, where we will place our mind, than anything else. And the freedom of thinking is a direct freedom wherever it is present. We need not do something else in order to exercise it. We simply turn our mind to whatever it is we choose to think of. The deepest revelation of our character is what we choose to dwell on in thought, what constantly occupies our mind- as well as what we can or cannot even think of…

May we be intentional about fixing our mind on the life and death and resurrection of Jesus as the traditional, historic rhythm of this week invites us to remember the big picture story of Jesus by recalling the details of his humble ride into a city as King where the crowd who worshiped him Sunday crucified him Friday. May that rhythm beckon our wonder as he works that act for the good of those who love him in his triumph over death on Easter morning. May we be amazed that this God saves us. I want to be intentional with my thoughts this week… This story reveals a vast love, a costly love, a love given to humanity by a God who became like us to set our lives straight. Amazing.

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today: palm sunday

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In some ways humanity has learned strangely little in the last two thousand years. I gladly showed up this morning to worship Jesus on Palm Sunday. And like the crowds who threw the branches at his feet, I am quick to prescribe my opinions to what the fulfillment of grace looks like. I fear I would have crucified him as well. It is a difficult thing to choose to hope in the fullness of redemption without dictating an expected outcome.

The word “Hosanna” means “God save us”. God save us from our lack of trust, from our expectations, from our sinful shortsightedness. May we trust that you are big enough to bring wholeness and redemption to the whole world. I get caught up in the outcomes I want in seeking God’s hand in my life.

May this Holy Week lead us down a path that is one step of trust at a time. For in so doing, perhaps we will find ourselves standing wide-eyed facing an empty tomb, realizing that what we are seeing is so much bigger than we hoped for or imagined. Perhaps we will find that the King who rode a donkey into the city overcomes death in humility. Perhaps we will find that King drawing us in to his story, a something more kind of life where our circumstances do not define us anymore. Instead, He does.

This is hope at it’s best. I want to walk towards it this week.

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