Daily Dose, March 23 — Gethsemane

  Jesus singles out one of his disciples, Peter, from the ones sleeping during that night in the Garden, and Jesus gives warning. It is a warning that was spoken to Peter and to us all. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) Have you ever repeated that warning? Ever said, “The spirit is willing but flesh is weak?” I know I have. Every week I have a plan to exercise. Too often, the week comes to a close and I haven’t lived up to the plan, and something along the lines of “the spirit willing but flesh is weak” comes out. There is a war, sometimes, between what we know we should do and what we actually do. Jesus tells us how to approach the war: WATCH and PRAY! Be alert! Be in conversation with Him! Be alert, watch, pay attention, don’t let things pass without taking notice. Live life on purpose; pay attention. Be constantly talking to the One who always wants the best for you. Talk to the One who loves you unconditionally. The One who knows your beginning and your end and every moment in between. Peter was like many of us. He really wanted to do the right thing. He just got in the way sometimes. Jesus knew that about Peter and knows that about us. So, in the Garden, He spoke the warning to Peter and to us. “Watch, pray…. Spirit is willing but flesh is weak…” -- Rev. Terri Henkel