Morning Prayer, Palm Sunday

What a strange thin space to be in, O God, this space between our cries of “Hosanna!” and “Crucify!”. This day, of all days, reminds us that both joy and sorrow are ours.

Joy is ours, O God, in the newness of Spring. We welcome with gladness longer days and Imagewe hold onto hope for warmer temperatures. Joy is ours in the squeals of delight from children discovering your world anew.

Sorrow is ours, O God, as we recognize how we have failed to care for your world. We see death and destruction and fear for the well-being of farmland and disappointing harvest.

Joy is ours, O God, in the relationships we have that bring us light and life. We celebrate finding community and care in our families, and in friends who are like family.

Sorrow is ours, O God, as many of us are haunted by persistent grief. Sometimes the absence of those we love is so profound it is deafening. The ache for memories and moments pierces us to our core.

Joy is ours, O God, as we celebrate successes both large and small. We know that every good and perfect gift is from you, and we rejoice in all the goodness you give.

Sorrow is ours, O God, as we know intimately and clearly the pain of disappointment and doubt. When we are unsure of our futures, our security, or even our own self-worth, we feel this as deep sadness.

Joy is ours, O God, in the cries of Hosanna and the adoration of the Palms. In calling you our king, and in hopefulness for eternal reconciliation in you, we offer up our deep joy.

Sorrow is ours, O God, as we look among the angry crowds, and find ourselves doubting, shouting, denying, fleeing.  We offer up our deep sorrow in our own brokenness and denial.

Joy is ours, O God, as we know you continue to walk with us, lead us, care for us, re-create us.

As we look to the end of this week, with fear and trembling, we hear the words of the hymn, and know that in these days both sorrow and love will mingle down in ways we know and in ways beyond our comprehension.

We give our joys and our sorrows to you this day. We trust that you rejoice with us and you grieve with us. Because you loved us enough to dwell among us, you are present in all the joy, sorrow, and mundane moments in between. You know us and love us in the best and worst of our humanity.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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