And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.”
Thought for the Day: Remember Gethsemane – See Him There
As we rehearsed for our Easter Cantata, the women began practicing a piece that brought back many memories. “See Him There” is a beautiful piece from the Cantata, “The Day He Wore My Crown”, that tells of Jesus’ time praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. As we sang the words of Jesus agony as he prayed, the image of Jesus kneeling and praying came to my heart and I could feel the tears coming as the emotions filled my heart. My memories took me to a time almost 16 years ago where the song was sung in another choir presentation I was a part of. The song was a part of a large presentation where many were involved in acting out the story of Holy Week. My memory brings me to the area behind a scrim when the lights came up to see Jesus kneeling in the Garden in totally agony. Jesus knew He was going to die. Jesus felt the pain of human emotions as he thought of the pain he would endure the next day. Jesus was human, but his love for God and for us gave him the strength to do what he knew he had to do.
Sometimes we sing and hear songs that, because of the repetition in hearing them causes us to take the words for granted. We don’t hear the words as strongly as we probably should. As we rehearsed the notes last evening, I think I took the words for granted at first. But after the notes were learned and we began singing with the passion of the song, I saw Him….I saw Jesus….I saw Jesus loving me so much that he prayed and then he walked the next day up the hill to Golgotha to die on the cross for me. The lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes let me know that “I got it!” I “got” the passion I received so many years ago as I saw “Jesus” behind the scrim kneeling in The Garden. Do you “get it”? Jesus loves you!
Prayer: O Heavenly Father! You sent your son, Jesus, to live on earth. He taught us how to live and he taught us how to love. We praise You for who You are and thank you for loving us so much that you sent Your Son to earth to save us. Help us remember Jesus as we live each day and as we love those around us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Jesus showed us how to live and how to love.