It has been windy here for the past few days - difficult to enjoy cycling with winds blowing strongly in your face - telling one - go home. Cycling with the wind - at your back makes for an easy go - quite the opposite when the winds turn against you. Same goes for many of life's instances - school - work - relationships - everyone happy with you - motivates one to continue on their path - to stay the course. It is the times when you lose favor - projects miss due dates - your thoughts - ideas not in favor with others - relationships sour - difficult to accomplish even simple tasks. It is in the difficult times that one is tested - the true metal of a person shows through.
So it was with Jesus - a triumphant entry into Jerusalem - riding on the back of a donkey - something reserved for only the most worthy - notable. Crowds cheering Him on - waving palm branches - leaves of anticipation blowing in the winds - laying robes at His feet - screaming praises - arousing those on the side lines to stand up - view - the Messiah. A great entrance - only to be followed by a great fall - a last supper - unplanned - not anticipated - arrested - bound in chains - to be led away - questioned - over and over again - stripped naked - beaten - condemned. Such is the beginning of Holy Week - the one week of the Christian calendar - unlike any other week - time for serious prayer - fasting - confession - reconciliation - forgiveness - families coming together - to acknowledge - in one way or another - the importance of family - each other - our purpose in life - the importance of God - His Son - Jesus. In this week - we complete our Lenten Journey - to wholeness.
Palm Sunday In India