“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him [Jesus], ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.'”  (Luke 19:39-40, NIV)

Today’s scripture comes from the Liturgy of the Palms, which some of us may have heard read yesterday on Palm Sunday.  It serves as a reminder that not everyone — even other religious people, which the Pharisees were — is as excited as you may be about what God has done (and is doing) in your life.  In other words, the message is: “Curb your enthusiasm.”

In such situations, let our enthusiasm be revived by the example of the singing bird, the budding tree, the blooming flower, the frolicking squirrel, and the faithful appearances of the sun, moon, and stars.  Each declares the glory of the Lord!

Will you do your part, and join the chorus of God’s creation?   Or will you remain silent and hear your personal testimony of God’s faithfulness from the stones at your feet?  – Luther

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