Love finds peace

by Craig on February 21, 2011

love thoughts, love verse,The secret of peace…

It’s right in this prayer, of which I’m sure there was much more, but we have this snippet:

“My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done.” (MT 26:42)

That night in the Garden, can we say that Our Lord was terrified? Yes.

Can we say he was sad? Yes.

Can we say he was worried?

No.

Because he told us all not to worry and he never once contradicted any of his own teachings. He lived publicly for three years, and in a small village before that. If he lived differently than he taught, his enemies, of which he had many, would have blown the whistle, and Christianity would have died an early death.

But this fate that awaited him, this gruesome, horrible pain, it weighed on him. I think it wasn’t so much the physical pain though. It was far more.

This man, who is God, he felt, deeply, the suffering of anyone around him. How much would the weight…

of every sin…

ever committed by every person…

all throughout time…

and the destruction it was borne of…

and the brokenness it left behind…

how deeply would our Jesus have felt this crushing weight?

And how much of it did he know about in this Garden of Gethsemane?

He was so grieved that an angel was sent to him help him through.

This is our Jesus, who suffered the pain on the Cross, and had no angel to help him, yet here in a garden one was dispatched. This shows me how much pain he was feeling.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.” (Luke 22:42-44)

And did Our Lord literally sweat drops of blood? Was this a sign of the extent of his stress?

Actually, no.

I think it was the sign of peace taking the place of the agony. Our Jesus had stared into the abyss and prayed, more than once, for his will, but the Father’s will above his own.

And now he stood,

prayer complete,

in peace,

and then I think,

blood dripped from his head.

There’s a medical term for this, “hematohidrosis.” It happens with great stress, as the blood vessels contract around the sweat glands. But it’s not the pressure that causes blood to flow through the sweat glands. It’s the release of pressure. The dilation of the constricted vessels causes them to rupture, and blood rushes into the sweat glands, producing actual droplets of blood mixed with sweat. Just as Luke reported.

The answer to peace,

was in the prayer,

in the garden,

that one that brought Our Lord from the most intense agony,

into a place of calm.

I think we can all have this,

I know I have,

and there is more.

Please come back,

there’s more of the secret to unfold…

In God’s love

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle February 21, 2011 at 3:21 am

I am ………………………. I have no words for this. Just love.

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Craig February 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

Thank you Michelle. This thing God has taught me – it’s a big one. I’m a worrier – I’d do it all day – I have most my life – but this one thing – it stops it in it’s tracks. God Bless – and thank you.

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Dianna McBride February 21, 2011 at 7:14 am

Thank you for this beautiful post, Craig. It has stirred within me the desire to already begin my preparation for Lent and Easter!

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Craig February 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

And Easter is upon us soon. The real Valentine’s day :) And I get to blog about it. And that makes my heart stir – and me smile. Thank you for your kind words Diana – God Bless.

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Debbie February 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

I am loving how love and peace must go together. And how they don’t depend upon our circumstances. Thank you so much Craig! God bless you and give you peace today!

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Craig February 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thank you Deb. You know – lack of peace, that has to do with circumstances for sure – sometimes it’s just nature – but it’s always triggered – and this peace – the peace from this prayer – it’s intentional – I (we) have to reach up and grab it – sometimes repeatedly in the same day – or even hour – we are so darned imperfect – but loved :)

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Rhonda Schrock February 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

God has surely been working with me on being at peace in all circumstances. This is a fresh reminder of the very principle that He’s trying to teach me even now.

Thank you for sharing this. And Dianna’s right; it certainly does speak with anticipation of Easter.

Monday blessings,

Rhonda

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Craig February 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

Rhonda – thank you for reading – and isn’t int nice when God’s children get on the same wavelength – we all need his teaching – and iron sharpens iron. No?

Monday blessing so you too.

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Elise February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Craig-same name of my beloved father, who has taught me faithfully through his life the deep love of our heavenly Father-thank you for sharing this.

I love the example Christ sets here to repeat pour out our heart-prayers to God. Him, who already knows all. It’s beautiful. As often as we are tempted to be worried, to choose our will over His, we can pray and find peace and truly a “release of pressure”.

How deep the Father’s love for us?… How vast beyond all measure.

Breath-taking.

Thank you for your kind words, these wise ones.

Blessings!
Elise

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Craig February 22, 2011 at 6:22 am

Elise. I’ve got more to write about this – but it kind of seems like you get it all already and have added to my perspective. This WAS a “pour out your heart” prayer wasn’t it? I couldn’t have put it that way – you did – thank you – I heart learning from people who read me. And the “release of pressure” thank you for getting that too. Having read you I think your dad must be proud of the wisdom you’ve gained in life. God Bless.

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Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home February 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

“Depth of Mercy, can there be… Mercy still reserved for me?…”
:-)

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