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Heaven Didn’t

Laura Digan April 04, 2023 1 5
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Luke 22: 39-46 (NRSVA)

39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ [[43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]] 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’

I’m still in the early days of full-time ministry and it is hard. I’m not going to lie or sugarcoat it, full-time ministry is difficult. Most of the time I feel inadequate. Often, I feel like an imposter.  Often I feel guilty about the things I don’t have time to do or the people I don’t have time to see. And every so often I think, maybe I should just give up. Then the Lord reminds me why I am doing his work, sending me a wee blessing to fill my heart and renew my strength.

We all feel like giving up at times.

Jesus felt like giving up.

On his final night on earth, Jesus was struggling with what he knew was coming, with what he had to do. He was struggling so much with the desire to give up that he needed heavenly strength to get him through.

The disciples fell asleep and let Jesus down but heaven didn’t.

I take real comfort in this, we all can take comfort in this. No matter how difficult things are, like Jesus, we can find strength from our Father in heaven. It is here we look for the strength to get us through.




Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me.

Help me to see the angels, earthly and heavenly, you send to support me.


Lent Disciplines


Each day this week we will meditate on presence, focusing on a different aspect of the narrative of Holy Week daily.

TUESDAY Reflect on how Jesus was sustained by the presence of heaven through all he went through.