On the destruction of Jerusalem–
Lamentations 1:4 (NLT)
The roads to Jerusalem are in mourning,
for crowds no longer come to celebrate the festivals.
The city gates are silent,
her priests groan,
her young women are crying—
how bitter is her fate!
At the Triumphant Entry–
Luke 19:36-40 (ESV)
And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! Worthy is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
O Lamb of God, with seven horns and with seven eyes, we thank You for ransoming Your children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, and Guinea! We invite You to travel the roads of western Africa.
From roads of mourning to roads of praise and healing, Lord. With You, nothing is impossible. Amen.