February 9 True Rest

Image by Kyle Wright

Image by Kyle Wright

Exodus 29:1-30:10;  Matthew 26:14-46;  Psalm 31:19-24;  Proverbs 8:14-26

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemene, and he said to them, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray”.  And taking with him, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be very sorrowful.  Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.  Remain here and watch with me…

And he came to his disciples and found them sleeping…

And he came to them again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy…

Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.  See the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

Matthew 26:36-46

* * * * *

Caught sleeping

heavy eyes

betray them

devoted disciples

close their eyes

to their Lord’s

bent frame,

his tears,

his sorrow.

(Haven’t we done the same?)

* * * * *

Little  do they know

that soon

sleep will evade them

when scenes of torture

and death

play over and over

in their minds

and their hearts

accuse

their cowardly

acts.

* * * * *

They will long for sleep,

but its gift of refreshment

won’t come again

until

they see their risen Lord,

touch him,

eat with him,

walk with him,

and know that they

are forgiven.

* * * * *

Our Lord never slumbers,

He never sleeps.

When life’s troubles

chase sleep from

our eyes

He’s there to remind us

that He, too prayed

and wept bitter tears;

that He conquered

enemies of darkness;

that He brings sleep to those

who trust in Him.

* * * * *

Jesus promises to sustain us

even when sleepless nights come.

He knows.

He saw from the Cross

our humanness,

our weakness,

our sins.

He stayed awake

long enough to say,

“It is finished!”

Lord Jesus, thank you for staying awake for us.  For not succumbing to fear.  For offering your very body and blood as the atoning sacrifice for our sins on the Cross.  In our weakness, Lord, hear our prayers and give us your strength to remain awake and vigilant when trials and temptations come our way.  Help us to remember that You were victorious over sin, death and the devil and that through faith, we are too!  May we find our rest in you this day.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage,

all you who wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 31:24

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