April 9, 2014 | 10:10 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

What’s up with the Palms?

This Sunday at 10:30 a.m. a group of West Enders will walk the streets of the city with Palms, distributing them to people who ask for them along the way. (It’s amazing how appreciative people are to receive them!)
 
But why do such a thing? We’re told that shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and people placed palms before him. To commemorate his journey to the cross, we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is something the church has done for nearly 1700 years.
 
It may seem odd to mark an occasion that leads to such a tragic event. Yet in this there is a message of hope for all who face difficult situations.
 
As Jesus faced the crucifixion, a moment in which he was at his weakest and all hope seemed lost, we learn that death would not be the last word. God gave new life to Jesus, and through this the hope for all who are weak that in their darkest moments God is still present and things can change. As Paul said, “God’s strength comes into its own in our weakness.”
 
We all face dark moments and insurmountable challenges. Carrying Palms is a way of expressing that we are people of hope no matter what we face.