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Palm Sunday Reflections

March 21, 2016 Journal
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A recent Thursday night Bible study found us in Mark 11, the familiar passage about what we call the triumphal entry (I’m not sure why we call it that). Having reached “Palm Sunday” in our walk through Lent on the journey towards the empty tomb, I was re-reading my reflections on that study. Our cast of characters: a couple disciples stealing a donkey, some townspeople asking why they’re stealing a donkey, the other disciples (doing what?), Jesus, the donkey, and the people shouting praises to God. Often when I approach a passage of scripture, I pay attention to the people in the story and attempt to see with whom I identify. This particular reading, I really felt for the disciples who were sent for the donkey. They have no clue what is going on. They are just given a simple command - a strange command. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’” 

 I do feel like them sometimes. Jesus gives me strange commands, and I just go with it because it is better if I do. When someone asks what I’m doing? “Well, Jesus apparently needs me to do this. That’s all I know right now.” But there is joy in simple obedience. Maybe I have no idea what I’m doing or even why I'm doing it, but God knows the plan. I just keep trusting Him. My prayer for all of you today is that this Easter season - and every season - will find you following Jesus with a simple but profound faith. Blessings to you all! Debby, Kyle and family