Daily Dose, March 19 — Gethsemane

  Years ago, when I was serving my first church, I came to know this one gentleman who truly was the epitome of a gentleman. Among his many wonderful qualities, he had a beautiful voice; it was deep and rich with emotion. He would sing acapella in that small country church, and all were deeply moved. My favorite was when he would sing “In the Garden.” I can still hear his deep voice sing, “I come to the garden alone…and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own….” As the words go on, a beautiful picture is painted of the intimate connection with Son of God. He, too, went to the Garden alone. Often, He would rise early and find a quiet place to be with His Father, to hear from the Father. This was a common practice, and those who followed Him knew that, so it was no surprise when, after their time in the Upper Room, Jesus prepared to go to the garden of Gethsemane. What was about to happen had Him greatly troubled; He needed time with His Father.

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated.” (Matthew 26:36-37)

We learn so much from the life of Jesus. We learn about truly living, about the promise of eternity. We learn about how to approach the great trials of life. Jesus handled those times with a strength and assurance that came from His time alone with God. That time alone was cherished time, so cherished He would rise early, He would leave the crowds. He would leave the Upper Room and go straight to a special place and spend time with the Father. I don’t know what today holds for you, but I do know before any of us face our day, we need time with God. We need the strength that comes from Him, the assurance that comes from Him. -- Rev. Terri Henkel