May 9 2 Samuel 17; Psalms 71; Matthew 26

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Overwhelmed with Sorrow | Kelley DeAses

S~  Then he [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.”  Matthew 26:38 (NIV)

O~  In those crucial, awful moments just prior to Jesus crying out to the Father to “take this cup” and “Your will, not mine,” Jesus desired the prayers and presence of his closest friends.  Sadly, in their human frailty and without full comprehension of what was actually happening at that moment, Peter, James and John fell asleep (again and again!).  But what the passage speaks to me is that Jesus, even Jesus Christ, longs for community — not just with His Father but also with His people.  This is yet another demonstration of how we are wired to need that, too.  It is good and right that we meet with the Father in private to wrestle over our deep concerns and very real pain, but we also need a community who is willing to show up in those moments of either celebration or dark despair.

A~  I can only imagine (in my worst nightmares) what my friend is thinking and feeling right now.  With a cancer diagnosis that threatens to take her from her husband and two small children far too young, what is there to do?  Maybe just what Jesus did here: Seek the Lord in earnest, pleading for His supernatural intervention to “take this cup” from her, and to have her friends pray with her and be there however they can.  Not an easy road, to be sure, but at least she has the assurance of His Word, His Presence and His people with her wherever this journey takes her.

P~  Father, Thank You for showing us our need for intimate moments with You, but also our need for our friends to help us through the hard stuff.  I pray for Heather and her family and the battle they are facing.  God, I plead for her that You would let this cup pass from her and bring healing to her body by miraculous means.  But if that is not Your will, please give her a peace which passes all understanding to know she will meet You face to face, and that she will be reunited with her family and loved ones in just a little while and for all eternity.

Alone | Kim Chipman

S~  But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56 (NLT)

O~ Jesus is being arrested. His disciples, who just said they would DIE before denying Christ, deserted Him and fled. He was alone.

A~ This makes me so sad for Jesus, but it is also a great reminder. Sometimes Your will leads me into really difficult places. Painful places. Unfair places. Just because they aren’t comfortable or “happy” doesn’t mean they aren’t  in Your will. And, sometimes, I need to go alone. I have the best tribe EVER, but there are some battles/circumstances that I need to face by myself. YOU are always with me, but my tribe can’t always come. Yours fled and deserted. Your plan, the Father’s will, was something You had to do without them. Just You and the Father.

P~ Lord, help me to follow hard after You regardless of circumstances or people around me. Help me to walk out Your assignment for ME well. I love You.

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