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2nd April – Minister’s Letter – A Palm Monday Story

Minister’s Letter – A Palm Monday Story

This story is not my own but is told at the end of Tim Keller’s book Center Church. Keller himself first read the story in a Christian magazine.

The little donkey awoke with a smile on his face. He’d been dreaming of the previous day. He stretched and happily walked out into the street, but the passers-by ignored him. Confused, he went over to the crowded market area. With his ears held high with pride he strutted right down the middle of it. “Here I am, people” he said to himself. But they stared in confusion, and some angrily struck him to drive him away. “What do you think you are doing, you ass, walking into the marketplace like this?”

         “Throw your garments down,” he said crossly. “Don’t you know who I am?” They just looked at him in amazement.

Hurt and confused, the donkey returned home to his mother. “I don’t understand,” he said to her. “Yesterday they waved palm branches at me. They shouted ‘Hosanna!’ and ‘Hallelujah!’ Today they treat me like I’m a nobody!”

         “Foolish child,” she said gently, “don’t you realise that without him, you can do nothing?”

A good reminder that despite our feelings (in this case pride, but sometimes despair), all that we are and achieve depends on Christ and his work with us. We are nothing without him but we are something with him! It’s great to have you with us today.

Martin Kemp