Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thy Will Be Done

I've never really studied the Stations of the Cross or viewed a Stations of the Cross exhibit; however, earlier this week, a friend gave me a booklet detailing the various "stations" with accompanying scriptures and prayers. I am enjoying reading and studying through this spiritual pilgrimage that follows the path Jesus took on the day of His crucifixion.

The booklet begins with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying to His father, asking that "this cup" (of death) pass from Him if at all possible. Yet, He ends His prayer with "nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."

Even Jesus, who was Himself God as well as man, felt the human desire to ask that He not have to face the difficult task before Him. Even though He knew and had shared with His disciples that He would rise on the third day, He was in anguish over the suffering He would endure.

However, His ultimate desire was to please His Father, so He ended His plea with "Thy will be done." What a wonderful example for us! It is OK for us to ask God to remove the hard things from our lives, to share our doubts and fears, yet we are to be prepared to submit to His will in all things!

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