Palm Sunday prayer written for tomorrow

Palm Sunday Prayer

[Using the John O’Donohue poem Fluent]

I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding
– John O’Donohue

This Palm Sunday remembrance suggests such a flow
– an ease – feeling good, all going well,
heads lifted to the shining sun
and arms waving in the gentle breeze,
with you O God, at the centre,
and a vibrant path of possibilities unfolding before us.

But the thud of the real world comes upon us.
Not, so far (thank God), a cross, or a tomb,
But our feet do trip on stones
We bump up against hidden obstacles.
The skies fill with threatening clouds.
And the reality of what limits us revives our fears.

We long for a Hosanna
but often we are left with a lament.

We look to Jesus.
Free.  Resilient against the grumpy looks
of those who cannot see for looking,
cannot see that even the stones cry out in praise.

We look to Jesus.
Alive.  Breathing the air, celebrating living.
Able to rejoice in the gift of the day upon him
despite the clouds on the horizon.

We long for a Hosanna
And are invited into one.
The hosanna of all creation shouting:
“This is the day that the Lord has made!”

The Hosanna that invites us to live
‘…like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.’

Therefore, this day, and every day, despite the clouds
because your light has come, O God,
and invited us into its freedom,
we join in the song of all creation
– Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!  Amen.


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