Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ”Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ”Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ”Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. ”Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Lord, I am at the doorway looking out over the beautiful garden which you placed in our care. It reminds me of another garden you created, where sin came in to spoil the beauty which you had made.
Father I am thankful that you are a God who loves us so much, that when we sin you provide a Saviour, and yet another garden where the extent of your love is shown to all mankind.
From here I can also see over the rooftops to the church in our village, the remains of what was once a much larger ancient priory in which you have been worshipped over the centuries.
It’s doorway is still open to welcome those who come to worship you today. May they carry to the outside world the fragrance and beauty of your love shown to us in Jesus.
Lord I pray the Gospel message will always be proclaimed in all such churches throughout our land, and that the door in every heart who hears will be opened to welcome your Son our Saviour
By Greta Philp