Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Holy One! 
               Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
         Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
                   —Mark 11.9-10

“Hosanna“ doesn’t mean “Hooray!”
It means “Save us!“
It’s not a cry of triumph,
it’s a plea in desperation.
Of course, aimed at a leader who can protect us,
it becomes an affirmation.
Our Hosannas signify victory
only because Jesus has saved us
in our desperate weakness.
This is no time to strut
but to kneel,
to bare our tender need,
in honest pleading
that we still need saving,
and in awe and gratitude
for the grace we are continually given.
Maybe “Hosanna” is more like
“Wow! Thanks. We needed that”
on steroids.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

March 23, 2021

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