Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Mark 14:50
All of them deserted him and fled.

Left alone
with those who sought to harm him
those who came for him
mob handed.
Suddenly the garden,
a place of retreat
became a place 
of sinister shadows
filled with malevolent soldiers 
and guards
and frightened friends
cowering in the darkness.
And when we imagine
that we would have stuck around
stood our ground
not melted into the darkness
we are reminded
that it was for us
and others like us
that Jesus endured
alone in the garden.
And we too 
are included in that statement
All of them deserted him and fled.

God when we are tempted to trumpet our loyalty and our bravery, confront us with our willingness to be with the crowd and even your friends who deserted you. And, God, forgive us.


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