It’s always been neat to see small palm branches for sale around Palm Sunday. You see people walking up and down the road on Palm Sunday holding a small palm branch. This Palm Sunday, DeAnna wanted to buy a small palm branch for each student in her Sunday School class. Yesterday while out and about we saw many for sale, but decided to wait until we drove to church on Sunday to buy them.
I pulled the car over in a market area and DeAnna hopped out to buy the small palm branches. DeAnna asked the lady the price and she was told 25 cfa each (roughly $0.05). DeAnna said she would like 25 for her Sunday School class. The lady was confused and seemed stumped. DeAnna repeated she would like 25 and the lady seemed to still be confused. DeAnna thought maybe since it wasn’t divisible by four (25 cfa) it was confusing, so she switched to 24. The lady said no they cost is 25 cfa. DeAnna said that she wanted to purchase 24 and finally the transaction happened.
During Sunday School, the students enjoyed their palm branches and they were great visual aids while teaching about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey while others came out waving palm branches and laying palm branches in the road. The students practiced their memory verse for next week, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Mark 11:9
It hit us that we will miss seeing others on the road carrying their palm branches to church and having access to palm branches on Palm Sunday.