Ever have one of
those moments where everything seems to come
together in one of those magnificent awakenings, and
you find yourself overwhelmed with emotion?
One of those moments where something you knew all
along suddenly became new to you, like you heard it
for the first time?
Thankfully, I am in
the midst of such a moment, and what wonderful
timing it is. Today is Palm Sunday - the day
we celebrate the triumphal entry of our Lord and
Savior into a community that would fulfill all
prophesy-- more aptly, would fulfill God's plan-- by
sending Jesus to death on the Cross. . . for us.
Whoa. Heady stuff. But has your heart
really grasped the magnitude of this?
The makings of my
First, this morning
as I scurried around the house getting ready for
church, I listened to a local pastor's message on
television as he recited a story told by Garrison
Keillor. (Okay, so in the legal world from
which I am coming, this would be double, if not
triple, hearsay. But bear with me.)
Keillor apparently shared with his listeners once of
his family's Thanksgiving Day traditions, which
includes a rather large family gathering around the
table to state their blessings. Prior to
supper, tradition holds that Keillor's uncle prays,
and always, the uncle thanks God for the Cross, and
then proceeds to break down crying, because, as
Keillor puts it, his uncle has never really gotten
over the Cross. Think on that as I share this:
Second, while in
worship today, the pastor's sermon just got me to
the core. See, he emphatically reminded me
that these eight days we are entering-- Palm Sunday
to Easter Sunday-- are the most important
days of the year, ever. Throughout past and
present and future, this week was, is, and will be
the most significant week in our lives each year.
Without the Cross, without the Resurrection, I have
no identity; there is no real life; there is no
Church. And with this, the moment was made.
My prayer for you
and for me this week, next week, the next week after
that. . . is that we may never, ever, get over the
Blessings and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,