A Prayer for Palm Sunday

Gracious God, the energy and emotion of a parade can generate joy. Yet the joy of your  parade into Jerusalem turned so quickly to pain signaling the sacrifice of your own self.  Let this day remind me that while emotions can be fickle, your faithfulness and love remain true.  May I see in the giving of your life the power to give myself for others simply for love.  When life’s struggle sears my soul or sacrifice strips me of hope, strengthen me with your spirit that strode into Jerusalem to face death even as palm branches were strewn before your path and the crowd cried “Hosanna in the highest.”

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