We come—our lives brim-full with
laughter and longing,
delight and dread,
fear and fury.
Whether effervescent, elated, exuberant, exultant,
or hunger-haunted, hurt-hollowed,
we are expectant with a question:
“Will I be met with wrath,
or wrapped in warmest welcome?”
Hesitant yet hopeful,
restless with reticence,
we hold high these broken hands,
lift our voices with whispers and wails.
Our very reluctance has readied us to remember:
This hoping for whole is holy.
This holding on is being held.
Un-hiding our hearts is being hidden in You.
Hymn and howl,
whisper and wail,
call for help and cry of hallelujah—
all stretch the soul heavenward
to sing or sigh today’s “hosanna”
to the only One who saves.
According to this Vines’ Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words as posted on Blue Letter Bible, “hosanna,” in the Hebrew, means “save, we pray.” The word seems to have become an utterance of praise rather than of prayer, though originally, probably, a cry for help.