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Topic: Acceptance (01/12/04)

TITLE: Agony in Gethsemane
By Martha Currington


Itís such a quiet still night. If only the world was as peaceful! My heart is heavy. And what more can I say? This is almost more than my humanness can bear! If only Adam and Eve had obeyed, life would still be the garden of Eden! Now, there isnít a soul who doesnít know sin. Oh, the tragedy of it all! Some people are weak and easily give in to the devilís temptations. Yet there are many who love you Father. They try to obey the laws, to be obedient, but they lack the power. Oh evil situations, how dreadful are your outcomes! If only there was another way! If I didnít have to bear the cross! Father, if you are willing, remove this from me. Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. Luke 22:43

Father, I donít want to leave my mother and family, nor my friends and those who have befriended me, who accept me for who I really am! They are still babes in faith, needing guidance. If only I could stay a while longer, I could help so many others! Hearts need mending, the cripple and diseased need healing. Souls are perishing! Human pain is so hard to bear! I have endured pain and Iíve had my heart broken by deceitful, unbelieving ďso calledĒ friends. Yet my pain has been nothing compared to what Iíve seen others suffer. And Iíve seen others suffer and die hanging from a cross. If it be possible, Father, "Let me not have to suffer the agony that lies ahead!Ē Nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.

I have obeyed you Father. I have given them your word. I have completed the work you sent me to do. But, oh Father, ďDoes it have to end like this?Ē I am dreadfully weary. I feel so hot! My body is trembling! Iím down on my knees asking, Father, ďLet this hour pass from me? Yet, not my will, but your will be done.Ē

Jesus, my heart is breaking, but it must be done! There is no hope for man unless you follow through. I will be right there with you! Soon, when itís over, you will sit in the kingdom at my right hand of power. You have brought me glory. I am well pleased with you, my Son. Now, I will bring you glory. The earth will be your footstool until the enemy has been destroyed! There will be hope for all people. We will not leave them comfortless. The Holy Ghost will descend to live within each believerís heart. They will be free of trying to obey the law. He will empower them to live righteous and be victorious over evil. Each one can know us and seek answers individually. The Holy Ghost will reveal the truth unto them. All people will have free will to accept or reject the words and life you live. Heaven or hell, itís up to them. This is the way it has to be.

Father, I understand. I accept what I must do for humanity and surrender my life into your hands.

It is time! I must go...

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV)
Luke 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy menís lives, but to save them.(KJV)

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L.M. Lee01/22/04
I remember one Easter being in great emotional pain. They showed a video clip of the Garden in church that morning. When I looked into the face of Jesus, it was as if I heard him say, "I know exactly how you feel." And you know ... for the first time in my life I really felt like he did.