Those kids! (A Palm Sunday reflection)

What a procession,

on the road into town!

What a commotion

and laying cloaks down.

Yelling ‘Hosanna’,

‘Blessed is the King’.

Shouting ‘Messiah’,

honouring Him.

Excited disciples

making a scene,

waving their branches,

a carpet of green.

The colt of the donkey

bearing the Lord,

the crowd shouting praises,

it seemed that they roared.

The children were listening.

They joined in the praise,

swept up in the moment

young voices they raise.

Into the temple

the Lord went that day

sweeping traders and money

changers away.

Healing the blind ones,

curing the lame,

watched by the children

praising His name.

‘Hosanna,’ they shouted

‘Son of David,’ they cried,

and the scribes were indignant

the priests said they lied.

The children annoyed them,

their simple refrain

stole all their thunder,

upstaged them again.

‘Do you hear what they’re saying,

these children?’ they said.

Indignant and angry,

they wanted Him dead.

But the children sang praises;

they shouted His name.

They knew He was worthy;

they told forth his fame.

While the priests and the scribes

plotted terrible things,

the children rejoiced for

this day was their King’s!

© Ellen Carr 2014

Note: I noticed something in the Bible that I’d never noticed before – how, when Jesus was in the temple after riding triumphantly into Jerusalem, then driving out the temple traders and money changers, as he was healing people the children shouted out praises to him, to the annoyance of the chief priests and teachers of the law. The children made a racket of praise!

Matthew 21: 15-16

But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

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