Keeping Watch in the Garden

Mark 14: 32-36

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”

On the evening of his death, Jesus’ asks his friends to remain awake and keep watch while he moves deeper into the garden to pray. The act of keeping watch for a friend or family member or neighbor is a common one, even today. We often say, I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers or let me know what I can do to help.

For whom or for what are you keeping watch tonight? Light a candle and know that other candles are being lit, other watches being kept. Then, take a few moments to say a brief prayer.