Zechariah 9:9 - The Draped Cross.

Zechariah 9:9 (NLT) Rejoice, O people of 
Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! 
Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous 
and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a 
donkey - riding on a donkeys colt.  


   Ken and Rebecca loved to surprise their 
friends with unexpected gifts - a pot of cheerful 
flowers on the front porch, a gift card to a 
restaurant in the mail, a basket of fresh peaches on 
the church pew. Just before Palm Sunday one 
year, they loaded blessings into their truck and 
began their route from house to house. 
   When my parents answered the knock at 
their door, Ken presented them with a three-foot 
cross made from treated pine. "Happy Easter!" he 
said. "Hammer this into the ground at the end of 
your driveway." 
   Rebecca handed them three sashes: one 
purple, one black, and one white. "Drape the purple 
one on the cross on Palm Sunday," she said. 
"Purple stands for royalty and for King Jesus riding 
into Jerusalem on a donkey. On Good Friday, 
change it to the black sash to represent Jesus's 
death. Then on Easter Sunday, drape the white cloth 
on the cross to celebrate the resurrection." 
   Though years have passed and Ken is now 
in heaven, my family continues the touching 
tradition of the draped cross. Easter after Easter, 
the special gift portrays the story of King 
Jesus to passersby. It also provides a creative 
tool for us to teach our children and 
grandchildren about the resurrection. Ken and Rebecca's 
example of giving challenges me to surprise others 
with kindness, especially in ways that proclaim 
Jesus to the world. Becky Alexander 
   Faith Step: Give a friend an unexpected 
goodie basket. Include simple items that are 
purple, black, and white. Add a card that explains 
the significance of the colors. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2023 Devotional by Guideposts and 


Zechariah 9:9 - Palm Sunday and the 
Triumphant Procession.