A Moment before Palm Sunday

At the end of “A Christmas Carol,” the changed Scrooge is described like this, “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well.”  You’re probably thinking – that’s beautiful, but isn’t it about three months late?  Only in part. 

Keeping something well isn’t just a Christmas thing.  And there’s a lot about Palm Sunday we definitely want to keep.  With everything that’s going on, Palm Sunday is a compact version of our relationship with God. 

One moment everything’s great and we’re on God’s side.  But when things aren’t so great, or when it might be difficult to be on God’s side, we turn on God.  But even though we’re unreliable, God isn’t.  God doesn’t pay us back when we turn away, but stays true and loves us - without counting the cost. 

And that’s point of Palm Sunday.  Why it’s worth keeping well, long after it’s done.  And why some of us get literal about keeping it and keep our palms, as a reminder of a love like no other.