One year I had the amazing privilege of being in Israel on Palm Sunday.
The street was packed with people and lined with more watching. There was dancing, singing, tambourines, palm branches waving, shouts of joy and laughter. It was crazy, and it was fun. The mob, which consisted of thousands of people, started at the Mt of Olives, wound their way through Jerusalem, finally stopping inside the Old City.
It was hard not to get caught up in the excitement of it all so my friends and I jumped right in and followed along. It was an incredible experience.
And it probably won’t be happening this year. At least, not like that.
We live in a world that is right now cowering at the thought of death. People are terrified, lacking hope, feeling discouraged, and afraid. Many are alone; streets are empty, and everyone is wondering what tomorrow will bring.
But I want to be different.
I believe that no matter what I see or how I feel the truth remains – there is a God who is in control and He has conquered death. “Where oh death is your victory? Where oh death is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55) The news won’t report on it. The coronavirus can’t destroy it. And many may not be able to understand it. But God is good and I want to celebrate Him.
Towards that goal I plan on posting a new “Easter song” to FB every single morning starting on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday. For seven days I want to remind myself and others that there is no reason to live in fear. Our God has conquered death, and He is on the throne and in control. “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.” (Psalm 11:4) And I plan on starting every morning next week watching that specific song (and sometimes singing) with my kids. I want them to understand exactly who and what their God is.
That’s seven different Easter songs I will get to enjoy and share with you all. Well, six and one surprise song that may not be a surprise once I post it 🙂
Because God is bigger. He is better. He is more amazing, and He is good. And I think it is time to celebrate Him.
Who will come with me?