At the start of this second week of lockdown, the theme of these blog posts shifted from resilience to one particular aspect that supports our resilience. Did you spot the common theme since Tuesday? Yes, it’s creativity! So what does that have to do with Palm Sunday, I hear you ask.
Churches around the world have celebrated the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem the week before His death for as long as Easter has been celebrated. This was the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem - creative mode of transport for him was a donkey. And there was such creativity in worship! No flags or bunting as we might use for a royal visit from the Queen, but palm branches waved instead. No red carpet, but the crowds laid down their cloaks. This was how royalty was greeted in those days, and although they might have ridden into town on something slightly less humble than a donkey, this is an insight into the lack of value Jesus placed on earthly royal trappings.
How creative are we in our approach to the current lockdown? How creative are we in our worship? How royally do we treat those around us? How royally do we treat the King of Kings? Are we caught up in earthly trappings? Or are we using whatever we have around us, whatever skills we have, to worship the Lord?