I was really looking forward to Palm Sunday this year. It had more meaning. I recently read my friend, Carol's blog about the palms. It seems she cuts them from her own yard for the choir and clergy---every year! I had never realized her act of generosity and love. And, these are not your ordinary Palm Sunday branches. The one I had was at least 3 1/2 feet long. What fun to wave something that big for Jesus!
The service this year also took a turn. Typically, the music this Sunday is full of Hosannas and "happy parade"hymns. But our service was shaped to reflect what happened in the crowd over the course of the week and to prepare for Holy Week. After the sermon, the music turned toward a more somber attitude. Very effective.
Afterward, we raced to get the boys and stopped by the car to pick up the baskets, just in time for the 2 minutes "hunt" on the field. Cavett enjoyed it, but Kendrick was more interested in kicking the eggs watching them roll or justs pulling them apart and then throwing them down. We have also made a decision on the Easter Bunny. He doesn't exist and we have told Cavett so, but he doesn't want to believe us. I just can't get into the Easter Bunny. I mean, at least with Santa Claus there is historical significance and he did help and give to the poor, needy children. But, the Easter Bunny is really just silly--Eggs? I just don't get it. Anyway, it's amazing how indoctrinated they can become at such a young age. We'll still give them small treats in their baskets, but it will be from Mom and Dad. We'll still hunt and hide eggs. I just want to focus more on the real reason for Easter.
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!" Luke 20:38