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Can you believe it's already Palm Sunday. Lent for 2011 is coming to a close and next Sunday is EASTER! Wow! Time has definitely been flying for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny as I've stayed busy dealing with the various issues of caring for elderly parents as well as babysitting grandchildren, not to mention a granddog or 5! How about you?
Earlier this week my grandkids and I were listening to praise and worship hymn songs and music in the car when "Hosanna" came on. It's one of the many great oldie goldie Michael W. Smith worship songs that I love and I was blessed to notice that my grandkids were chiming in on it as well! I told them that Easter was coming soon! Then I reminded them of the palm branch in their Resurrection Easter Eggs and how that reminds us of Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while the crowds yelled out, "Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord." Matthew 21:9.
As I've taught them previously, this was one of the many prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus – Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion ! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem ! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9.
It's such a joy, during Lent and throughout the year, to share encouraging truths and Bible verses for and with our kids and grandkids, isn't it? Along with uplifting music to fill their heart with the love of God. Here's Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest, sung by Michael W Smith from the Michael W. Smith 2 album for you to enjoy and, perhaps, share with a child, a grandchild or a senior parent. 🙂
Are there any special praise and worship hymn songs and music that you and your family enjoy for the season of Lent, or during this final week before Easter? Will any of you be attending Good Friday services? Depending on what's going on and where we're at, my Sandwich Generation family has done that on some years and not on other years. And this is one of those years I just won't know about til the last second. How about you?
P.S. If you'd like more Lent and Easter ideas and activities for kids and grandkids this week, click here to read The Sandwich Generation Roundup: Lent and Easter Ideas and Activities For Grandparents and Grandchildren and Grandkids Love Resurrection Easter Eggs And Easter Crafts.
I love He’s Alive! I remember the first time I heard it.
I have granny time on Thursday. My son-in-law is having some knee surgery so I am taking the day off from school and spending the day with the princesses. I can’t wait! 🙂
Bless you, friend.
When I was a young teenager I fell in love with Jesus Christ Superstar. I just loved the music and the way they made the story come alive for me. I think that is what led me to walk with Jesus in my every day adult life. And, by that I mean really walk with Him and not just go to church on Sunday. I know that Jesus loves us all and that has made all the difference in my life. I always think of Jesus Christ Superstar when ever I hear Hosanna.
Thank you for your visit and sweet words. He is risen indeed. I have so many favorites but one is “At Calvary”. It is an old song but I am old and I remember singing it at churches my Daddy pastored. When I hear it I remember the sights, sounds and even aroma of church at Easter. Every one wearing their finest (Daddy said that was respectful for the coming of the savior), the songs of praise and joy of worshipers and the Easter lilies wafting their soothing aroma through out the sanctuary.
I thank God for his gift of eternity. Have a blessed Holy Week. Ginger
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I love ‘Thine be the Glory’, a wonderful old hymn from my Methodist upbringing…and another favourite from the same time is ‘Jesus Christ is Risen Today – Halleljuh!’ I have wonderful memories of singing them both stood on the edge of the Pennine moors at Sunrise service on Easter Sunday as a young teenager.
Happy Palm Sunday! I hope your Holy Week and Easter are full of blessings.
You and I had the same idea about the Hosanna music. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet visit. It sounds like you have been very busy. Blessings ~
“Because He Lives” I can face tomorrow, “Because He Lives” all fear is gone! I guess that’s my favorite Easter song. It became one of my favorites after I lost my sister and two brothers in an accident in front of me on the way to a funeral visitation for my father. That song was my sister’s favorite, and we sang it at her funeral. “Because He Lives”, I know I will see my family again!
I love Hosannah, and also the two songs Carolyn lists too. My church doesn’t celebrate Palm Sunday but I loved seeing the little children waving palm and olive branches outside the Catholic churches we passed on our way to church yesterday.
My husband always plays The Holy City in church–has for the last 29 years. I love the song and the tradition of it. My daughter’s family will be eating with us to make the day complete.
There are so many good songs it’s hard for me to pick one special one for this time. The Smilebox song is certainly perfect for Palm Sunday.
Blessings for a wonderful Easter.
I know just what you mean, Charlotte. And isn’t that a joy-filled blessing to have 🙂
Oh Pamela, The Holy City is indeed one of the lovely praise and worship hymn songs and music that was new to me. But once I looked it up, I was so blessed to read the words and listen to it being sung at YouTube by Larry Ford on one of the Bill Gaither Homecoming Tours videos. Thank you so much for sharing it. 🙂 Come quickly, Lord Jesus, come quickly!
I know what you mean, Floss. Some of our churches have done that, and some haven’t. Our current church did it – but only for some of the classes. I think the older ones, since my younger grandchildren didn’t get to – probably because they wanted to be sure they would take reasonably good care of them. 🙂 And the second of Carolyn’s hymn songs is a favorite of mine as well. I’ll have to look up the other as it is new to me, as was Pamela’s – which is also so lovely and encouraging. Thanks for popping by and for another delightful Pause in Lent 2011! 🙂 You’re in my prayers!
Amen, Esther, AMEN! I have a husband, child, and so many other beloved friends and relatives waiting for me there who I can’t wait to see – come quickly, Lord Jesus! 🙂
Isn’t it fun when God does that, Cathy. I know it really hits it home harder in my heart! Thank you for the blessing! 🙂
Hi Whidbey Woman, Thank you 🙂 I had such a blessed time with my grandchildren yesterday, talking about the joy of Good Friday, Lent, and Easter and that JESUS IS ALIVE! It made the Easter season for me! 🙂 Praying you are blessed as well! 🙂
Hi Carolyn, Thank you for sharing those sweet praise and worship hymn songs. I thought Thine be the Glory was new to me, but after listening to it at YouTube, it brought back sweet family memories from church in my youth. And Jesus Christ is Risen Today is a total favorite of my grandkids and myself – in all its different tunes and words 🙂 . Thank you for the lovely family memories and music! 🙂
Hi Savannah Granny, Thank you for sharing At Calvary – another lovely old hymn that is new to me! I found this copy of it at YouTube sung by The Gaithers Homecoming Friends. Delightful. 🙂
Ahhh HipChick, As a baby boomer, I definitely remember several fave songs from Jesus Christ Superstar. And what a lovely example of how God can use so many things to bring us to Him. thank you for the fun family memories! 🙂
Hi Pom Pom, well, I am SOOO late getting to these comments, that you must have already had your fun granny time! Bet it was GRAND! 🙂 I had granny nanny time yesterday and we got to enjoy the Easter story again. What a delightful way to end this Lent 2011 season – reminding those sweet young’ns that JESUS IS ALIVE! 🙂 Easter blessings to you as well! 🙂
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