It has been a while since we’ve been able to raise our voices together. Still, many of us long to shout our praise to Jesus, to bear witness, to give thanks.
Be still now, and listen for “Hosannas” to rise from deep within you.
God is good. God’s love lasts forever.


They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it.

Mark 11:4-7


“I tried it, and it worked, just like you said!” There is a parental thrill that comes to me every time I hear one of our sons say something like this, a pride that is less about them taking my advice and more about them seeing for themselves that something works how I described it. It’s a good reminder that a key part of “adulting” is trying things out for one’s self. Maybe it’s a key part of discipling, too. Even when you’re fortunate to get as detailed a mission as these two disciples do, there’s something both affirming and encouraging about figuring it out for yourself. Hearing the words you were taught to say coming out of your own mouth. Seeing your seemingly minor contribution be put to greater use. When discipleship is a bit more challenging, such a moment can be all the more heartening. We grow in confidence and in competence when God’s work becomes our own. Jesus’ work is carried along, in part, by the tasks we perform.

Peter Hanson


Help me, O God, to see the ways your work can be done with my hands. Remind me how each of my efforts contribute to the overall success of your mission. Amen.