palms for alms

I am that beggar on the ancient road of cobbled stones in Jerusalem, begging alms in the city of the king, near David’s tomb. The Passover crowds pass by me on their way through the golden gate to the Temple mount, singing songs of ascent. I limp out of the chaotic throng, pressing my back against the stone wall and clutching my empty cup. What is that I hear? Shouts of “Hosanna, save us”! Now I see ecstatic children waving palm branches before a rabbi astride a young horse; no, he rides a humble donkey. As they pass, Jesus looks into my eyes; a gaze that overwhelms me with compassion.  I pick up a palm frond as the shofar sounds the call to worship: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

 

crowds shout hosannas

rejoice in the coming king

my cup overflows

 

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royalty free stock photo

 

 

 

princeville, kauai

 

poseidon fountain

hawaiian north shore resort

home of salt sea king

namesake of young prince albert

heir to throne, dead at age four

 

 

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sweet anticipation

 

we live

and breathe

His Name,

~ JESUS ~

true believers

his chosen bride

washed pure

cleaned by blood

prepared, beloved,

waiting for our

honored groom’s arrival;

to see his face

be claimed by grace.

all nature sing,

returning King

comes victorious

our future,

glorious!

 

 

 

ethereal presence

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surrounding us is

a great cloud of witnesses

awaiting the Day

* * * * *

when the King returns to earth,

riding on glorious clouds