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Enjoy this poem written by my cousin, a pastor in Alaska:
Poem for Palm Sunday
Spring surrounds me, some days at leastYet I am consumed by winter tasks-
Running in the dark,
Worrying about tomorrow,
Envying those gone
On tropical vacations-
My winter coats mock me,
Hanging from their hooks.
Yet here comes a parade-No marching bands,
No twirling of batons,
No convertibles or clowns-
But a man riding on a donkey,
Feet nearly dragging at the ground,
And a throng- pressing in,
Abounding ahead and behind
Shouting the sort of hope
That mocks cynic, skeptic, and scoffer.
For I see clearly, standing here-
Death still reigns,
Rain still falls hard and cold upon our spirit,
Our mortality still coerces
The way we mold and shape our days-
And this parade of those who dare to hope-
It leads to a cross and suffering
And a tomb sealed hard
With all the traps of death.
Yet, yet, the shout ‘Hosanna’ that mocks all that-It has the ring of invitation,
It tickles at a soul still frozen to the ground,
It sings a love song that dismisses rude
My every fear, and casts off as rubbish
The shroud about my being:
Let free your hope,
Set loose your faith,
Live now with joy- even midst the tasks of night.
Yes, begin this very moment-
Begin RIGHT NOW, with Praise!
George R. PasleyApril 12, 2014
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