Devotion for Saturday, February 23, 2013

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2013

They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.  ”He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated  .And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.”   (Mark 14:32-34)


Leadership.   Often overlooked and underappreciated, leadership is the staple and foundation of any successful society or organization, and without it, faith and order would be nonexistent.

As Jesus’ actions prove to us while in Gethsemane, inspirational and successful leadership establishes a necessary network of followers to carry out, enforce, and encourage the teachings of a leader. In addition, a network of followers and companions creates a base of individuals who can be trusted and who will watch out for you through times of trouble.

This story in the bible is quite significant for a variety of reasons; first, we are able to note the undeniable faith the disciples have in Jesus, a relationship that demonstrates the power of vesting one’s faith in the lord, and secondly, we are able to note a clear display of how we should place our faith in Jesus and his teachings- we are to serve humbly and love unconditionally for the life we have been given.  So let us keep this in mind and do all that we can to serve as faithful and loving disciples of Jesus Christ.

 -Submitted by Taylor Lewis

GPS Reflection
When was the last time you were “deeply distressed and troubled”? Did others tell you (or did you tell yourself) that you ought to be stronger, that you shouldn’t feel what you felt? Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus is not “a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses.” He knows what terrible grief and fear feel like, and he weeps with you and walks through the feelings with you.


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