Holy Week Devotion: Miriam's Story
Easter Devotions Day 4: How do you stay and pray with Jesus?
Based on the Garden of Gethsemane; Matthew 26:36-46
Jesus took his friends to the garden of Gethsemane, "watch and pray with me" he asked them. Jesus knew what was coming and was deeply sad and distressed...He didn't give up! He stayed and prayed. But even Jesus needed encouragement. He needed his friends by His side. He knows our most vulnerable moments and will never fall asleep or leave us when we need Him!
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Question: “How do you practice staying and praying with Jesus?”
Miriam: "In my past life, when the ALL of me was in my classroom, church, and the sale room at Anthropologie, disciplined prayer was something I worked very hard to practice. Fast forward to last night's dinner when I'm somehow preparing 5.5 different meals for my family of 4, and I can barely remember to thank God for the food.
Now that the kids are nearly 4 and 2, they're actively participating in family prayers. We start every morning car ride and every bedtime with our Thank You Jesus song (melodically plagiarized from a popular Circle Time tune) and sing our thanks and prayers to God. When my daughter first started saying her own prayers, I thought there was no better sound on earth. Then she started singing them. Oh MY God.
So why is it now - when I've never needed my God more, when I've never been so desperate, so terrified of the world - that I'm completely choking on words that simply don't come together? Sigh.
Breathe. Just be.
And I realize that this is when and why the Spirit intercedes. He makes coherent my fears, my shame, my guilt, my exhausted whining ... and He hears me.
But at some point, I need to let go of my translator and learn to speak the language for myself. So I put down my bedtime scrollathon, lay hands on my almost sleeping children, and start that telepathic conversation with the Father God I'm trying so hard to teach my kids to talk to, sing to, worship, know. And with a trickle, the words come....
Miriam is based in Seattle, follow her @cardboardschoolhouse for beautiful crafty cardboard ideas.