palm 1Scripture – Luke 19:35-40

Then they brought [the colt] to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.   As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.

As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”

He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Prayer for the Day

Dear God,

Forgive us for the times when we are silent when we need to speak.   For the times when we face an injustice but just look the other way.  For the times when a word of faith and comfort is needed, but we are mute instead.   For the times that need a witness to Christ, but it’s just easier or more comfortable to let the occasion pass.  Lord, from the earliest of days, people you have called have at times questioned or doubted their ability to speak in your name.  Give us today the assurance, the faith, the courage, and the delight of speaking out for your love, grace, mercy and truth.