Lord, what a parade! The crowd quickly grew;
What noise they all made in welcoming you.
“Hosanna!” they shouted. “It’s David’s own son!
Hosanna! Come save us! God’s reign has begun!”
They welcomed you in, a conquering king,
Yet what kind of reign would you really bring?
It wasn’t a war horse you rode on that day;
A creature of peace carried you on your way.
Did those in that crowd expect something more
Than one who reached out in love to the poor?
Did they think a savior with armies was best,
Or did they remember: the peaceful are blessed?
Lord Jesus, it’s true– we give you glad praise,
Yet living for you will challenge our ways.
So may we be open and welcome your reign.
Hosanna! Come save us! Renew us again!
Biblical references: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19 Zechariah 9:9-10 and Matthew 5:9
Tune: LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”)
Text: Copyright © 2011 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.