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Post by Amy Whiting
We can’t stay awake. We know it is important, We know we should. But we can’t. Our eyes are too heavy and no matter how hard we try...sleep sings its sweet lullaby and we hum along.
The one time in my life when I asked them for something – and they can’t deliver. Betrayed, deserted...alone.
Something has happened – I don’t know what it was. What is going on?! Judas? What?
It hits me afresh as I read this passage again the very human suffering of Jesus – Gethsemane – the place where he faced the reality of his life’s mission. At that moment he chose a rock & two sons of thunder – three people who he hoped would offer comfort, strength and presence. But his experience of betrayal began well before Judas arrived.
As Isaiah prophesied, “He was despised and rejected by others, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” (Is 53:3)
We see in the garden a God who knows rejection in its hardest form – rejection from those who he loved. Let’s not rush on – let’s take a moment to know that even in our darkest, loneliest, most painful moments – He actually knows and promises us the very thing He didn’t get...That He will never leave us or forsake us.