Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday

I worshiped today at the church my son-in-law Scott pastors - Handsboro Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He delivered a great Palm Sunday sermon from Mark 11 on the two disciples who obeyed Jesus' very strange command to go find a donkey colt, untie it, and bring it to Him. Scott related that to our need to be ready and obedient whenever Jesus calls us to do something the world might find preposterous.

I am proud of my daughter and son-in-law because they said yes to God's "preposterous" call last year to come to Gulfport, a small town ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The presbytery was looking for a pastor to come help two different Presbyterian churches get back on track after years of decline and Katrina-related physical damage had almost finished them off. As both a parent and a pastor, it is exciting for me to see how Scott & Rebecca have brought life and love to these congregations. In a real sense, I see them as similar to the two disciples whom Jesus sent on that important mission of finding a colt for Him to ride on Palm Sunday.

God's Kingdom advances in obscure places through ordinary people as they obey God's call, however strange it may happen to be.

(The top picture shows you what Handsboro's building looked like after Katrina, and the bottom picture is what it looks like today.)

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