This year Palm Sunday's April 1st.
Ironic, don't you think?
A day for jokes and playing tricks on friends.
That day in Old Jerusalem
was hardly slight-of-hand.
It was the real McCoy, not just pretend.
Or was it? (We might rightly ask.)
That cheering crowd became
a jeering crowd blood-thirsty (downright cruel).
"Hosannas" voiced on Sunday
morphed to Friday's "Crucify!
We have no king but Caesar. Kill the fool!"
The April Fool was led away
and bludgeoned on a cross.
Despised, He was rejected as a fraud.
Once lauded with palm branches
and regaled as David's Son,
now the object of a joke (though He was God).
And we (like them) can also seem
in step with what He claims,
so quick to raise our palms in public praise,
but then to be persuaded by
the feelings of our friends
and once we're not at church we change our ways.
Are we Palm Sunday's April fools
pretending He is Lord?
Just going through the motions one more time?
Or are we fools for Jesus
unconcerned what others think
as we count the cost and daily toe the line?
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.