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From the Minister


Thought for the Day Palm Sunday 5th April


More thoughts on Sabbath-keeping: Sunday is a day of rest. I tried to keep it as that, but didn’t realise that in our modern busy interconnected world how difficult rest is. I had to resist getting on with the decorating, doing some shopping online and other small chores. Rest is not as easy as it seems and unless we learn to use it properly, we might find ourselves getting as bored as I was on a Sunday when I was a child.

Normally we would celebrate Palm Sunday together. We would join with the voices of the crowd on the first Palm Sunday and SHOUT our ‘Hosannas’. We would sing hosanna songs.

I tried the shouting of the hosannas but it didn’t seem to work on my own, so I re-read the account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in all four gospels.

I used the technique of trying to put myself in the place of one of the participants in the story to see what I could learn. I chose one of the men that owned the donkey. Here is part of Luke’s account of his meeting with the disciples. ‘As they (the disciples) were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”’

It is a very short conversation. The owners of the donkey do not seem to object, there is no conversation amongst themselves as to whether or not they should let the disciples take the donkey. It seems to be that the Master needs it, so he can have it!

As I tried to put myself in the place of one of the owners I was challenged by his willingness. Am I quite as ready to give the things I have to Jesus simply because he tells me he has need of them?

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Steve Wallis

Newbridge Baptist Church
Llanafan Road, Newbridge, Powys, LD1 6LY
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