What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Comforter in the Garden

This is a repost from last year, but well worth repeating.

Original Post 3/24/16:

"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; 
nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.
Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.  
Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
Luke 22:42-44


I was sitting in my garden, enjoying the sounds of the birds and admiring the beauty of the flowers blooming on this lovely spring day, when suddenly it hit me:  Today is Maundy Thursday...the day Christians remember that this was the day that our Lord went to the Garden of Gethsemane on the night He was betrayed...the night before His crucifixion and death.  It was in the garden that the Bible tells us He prayed to His Father, pleading if it were possible to "take this cup away from Me"...meaning the cup of His sacrifice of His life for the sins of the world...knowing that He would actually become sin for us, so that we would no longer be lost in our sins.  The Bible tells us that Jesus was actually in agony, so much so that "His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."

In Luke's Gospel quoted above, we are told that "an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him."


I had never noticed this particular passage until this past Sunday when we read it in our Bible Study time.  It truly touched my heart to think that our Lord was suffering so greatly that God the Father actually sent an angel to comfort Him and give Him strength for the horrendous journey ahead.

As I was writing this just now a friend called me and asked me to pray for her daughter. We've been praying for this dear one for quite a while. She's been going through some very difficult surgeries and has a serious bacterial infection right now.  As I spoke with this distraught mother, I visualized this angel comforting Jesus in the garden...and I reminded my friend of this story as she had also been here with us on Sunday when we discovered this verse in our time of worship and Bible study. We both were comforted as we thought about the angel comforting Jesus...and realized that God sends His angels to comfort us during times of distress as well.  The angel may come in the form of a friend who is there to pray or lend a helping hand. Or perhaps a word of scripture that gives hope and encouragement at just the right moment...much like this one.

I don't know about you, but I find this so comforting. Jesus was not alone in the Garden of Gethsemane, even though His disciples had fallen asleep just a stone's throw away when He had asked them to watch and pray with Him.  God the Father saw His Son's agony and sent an angel to minister to Him.  God sees our agony and sends His angels to comfort us...just when we need it most.

My garden above is a special place set aside in our yard to honor the memory of our son, who died in May of 2014.  I love to sit there and pray and think about God's mercy and grace.  Even though our son died after a long battle with cancer, God did not leave us comfortless.  He sent His angels to minister to us throughout that long ordeal...and His Holy Spirit is always with us to comfort us during our times of grief.  

Maybe there are some of you who need these words of comfort today. Perhaps you are in your own kind of "Garden of Gethsemane"... and this picture of Jesus being strengthened by the angel might give you hope.  I hope so.  

Remember...even though things may look dark today...Sunday is coming...Easter day! The day we celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead...the day He burst forth from the tomb victorious over death to give us life everlasting!  So...no matter how bleak things may appear today...we have this hope in Christ Jesus! Victory is on the horizon!  




11 comments:

  1. Beautiful post and so encouraging Pamela, and your Memory Garden is growing and looking so peaceful!
    Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you Sylvia. I do find such peace and comfort when I sit in the Memory Garden and watch the birds and enjoy the tranquility of that place. I sometimes think that Matthew must be smiling down on me and saying everything is going to be just fine, Mom! God is always in control! Yes, He is!!!

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  2. Pam: We all need a place like your garden. Sometimes, I use my back yard as my place to find solace. I like the back yard because it is always so peaceful. Blessings on you and yours. Enjoy your Easter.

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    1. Yes, I think it is important for believers to find that quiet space, "near to the heart of God", where we can pray, meditate on His Word, and be filled with His peace and comfort. Sometimes I just sit and watch the birds and totally relax...and it is such a blessing to my sometimes troubled spirit. Everyone needs to find such a place...could be a corner in the house, or a favorite chair...or by a window. Just do it.

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  3. Pam, Thank you for this encouraging post. Even on my worse days, I'd like to get to the point, that I automatically realize that Jesus understands perfectly--He has experienced what I've experienced. No matter how alone I may feel, the reality is that the Lord is near. During Holy week we see how darkness turns to light, how sadness turns to great joy!

    Happy Easter!

    Blessings!

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    1. Oh yes!! Darkness is turned to light, and sadness to great joy, when God's Holy Spirit, The Comforter, comes into our hearts to stay!!

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  4. Beautiful post. Many blessings on this Good Friday dear Pamela. Wishing you and yours a joyous and happy weekend and Easter my friend.

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  5. God certainly graced me with many angels the week Danny was in the hospital. Glad you reminded us of the angel comforting Jesus at his most difficult hour. Oh, our God is so good!
    Have a Happy and Blessed Easter, Pamela!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this post again. What amazing comfort we have in Jesus. I recall the comfort I received when my mom first became sick (prior to diagnosis), during her surgery, treatment, and recovery. Finally, there was such great comfort in her final days/hours of life and after her passing.

    Sunday is coming! :)

    Blessings!

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