Posted by: Joe Palmer | February 15, 2010

WATCH WITH ME


Watch With Me

By Joe Palmer

Text: Matt 26:36-46 (ESV)

Jesus was at the crucial hour of his life.  He took his disciples to go pray. He left all of them but three and went deeper into the garden. His heart was sorrowful and troubled. His request, “Watch with me.”   He prayed.

He returned to find them asleep.  Again he asked, “Could you not watch with me one hour?”

He returned. This time he didn’t even wake them. He went back and prayed again.

The third time he returned to announce, “The hour is at hand.”

In his darkest hour even Jesus needed a friend.  As I write these words I am watching with a friend. It’s a privilege to watch, for others have sat and watched with me.

Sometimes there are no words of comfort to be said.  No act of service to give.  No need to fill other than to be present and watch.  A simple act of sitting, being silent, offering a hug and being ready if called on to lend a hand.

Watching is a lost art in the world we live in.  We are too busy. We’ll phone, text, send cards, of flowers, but nothing can take the place of that friend that sits and watches until the critical hour of need comes; The friend who shows the priority of friendship by their presence.

So next time you don’t know what to do, just remember the request of Jesus, “ Watch with me.”

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.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch  with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 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. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”   Matt 26:36-46 (ESV)

This article is dedicated to al those who have sat with me in times of sorrow.

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