Victory Parade

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Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey. Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. He was in the center of the procession, and the crowd all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he entered.Matthew 21:5, 8-10 NLT



Walk prayerfully on the parade route I have mapped out for you.

I am the Way to the Truth of Life—free, real, rich, full, eternal life.

The evil one would steal enthusiasm, kill joy, and destroy influence—

     I yearn to guide you to a genuinely significant and fulfilling life.

I am the Humble King who practiced downward mobility to save you

Walk in My steps—have My frame of mind and serve others.

You are a beautiful work of art I envisioned long before your birth—

     yield to My Spirit brushstrokes on the canvas of your circumstances;

     be displayed for angels and saints to admire in heaven’s gallery.

Dance joyfully with praise that lasts—celebrating blessings I give.

Avoid a fickle heart—calling Me king one day, deserting Me the next.

Keep Me in the center of your life’s procession—bow to nothing else.

Give your Most Honored Guest a royal welcome every sunrise.

Keep My joy alive in your heart every mile of the journey—

     let no cheap thrill compete with the ecstasy of My Presence.

No matter how rough the road, be grateful—find reasons for thanks.

March in My triumphal procession leading to a future I promise.

I am your Personal Friend—I never let you down or run away.

I am the Pardoning Savior—I forgive your sins and set you free.

I am the Powerful God—I help you accomplish all I ask of you.

I am the Perfect Lamb—I redeem you from sin’s penalty and power.

I am the Drumbeat of hope—I fight for you until the battle’s over.

I am Alpha and Omega—I spoke the first word and I will have the last.

I am the Prophesied Messiah—I will win the last war and defeat evil.

One day you will wave palm branches along golden streets— 

     until then, celebrate victories I give on the roads you travel today.


(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Day 310, Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

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