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Weekly Moravian Message: March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

Sadness

While visiting Duluth, Minnesota, last year, I had to take the city bus to get to my destination downtown. I encountered all kinds of people while waiting at the bus stop in this poor, working-class neighbor-hood. . . . One man with a learning disability told me which bus I needed to take for my destination. . . . One man talked to himself, answered his own questions, and paced back and forth but never rode the bus. . . . One youth listened intently to her music flowing out of her earbuds off of her iPhone, oblivious to her surroundings. . . . One man sat next to me speaking on his cell phone to the friend he would meet really soon. . . . One man shuffled by us in his flannel PJ pants, pushing his cart, toting his ZZ Top beard and donning a dirty ball cap.

We all waited for the bus, looking down the street with a tired sadness hovering in the air over the bus stop.

When the #3 bus arrived, we all lined up, swiping the metro cards—except for me. I dropped my three quarters into the slot for my fare. Off we went.

Imagine Jesus taking public transportation to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Would riding into town on public bus have the same impact, like riding into town on a donkey?

The bus buzz of triumphant victory parade faded rather quickly for Jesus by the end of the week, when Jesus’ disciples had abandoned him and tossed him under the bus, for fear of their own lives. Sadness and regret flare up throughout the sharing of this week’s Passion Week readings.

Prayer: Heavenly Comforter, come along beside us as we seek your healing in our lives for the sadness in life that we harbor. Amen.

John Wallace, pastor

First Moravian Church, Dover, Ohio 

Moravian Daily Texts

08/17/2018

Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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