Prayer for Holy Week #4

This is the fifth prayer in a series of Easter prayers, featuring photos from my friend’s recent trip to the Holy Land.  Today’s photos are from the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

You first gave us life

in a garden, a perfect

creation full of wonder.

Every tree shouted your glory.

Every leaf rustled praise.

Every flower offered its worship.

Every fruit tasted of your blessings.

We corrupted that garden,

grabbing its beauty

for our own selfish pleasure

and your heart broke.

Our sin destroyed fellowship

and you had to cast us away

from your holiness.

Thorns and thistles have pierced us

ever since.

Every garden since then

hints at the original

yet suffers under the curse

of the death we invited.

On the night before you were betrayed

you sought a space for prayer

inside an imperfect yet beautiful garden.

You found a solitary place

where you knelt down to pray

casting your heart before the Father.

You prayed for unity that night

among your church, yet unformed.

You prayed for us, your followers

thousands of years in the future.

You asked for the cup of suffering to pass.

As your Father said no

you must have set your resolve

on the vision only you could see:

a perfect garden

lit only by your glory

with the tree of life

bearing twelve crops of fruit

with leaves of healing

for all the nations.

Where the curse is broken

because of your sacrifice.

Where you will reign

forever and ever

and we will live with you

in perfect peace.

 

 

Did you enjoy this prayer? Read the firstsecondthird, and fourth prayer in this series.

Questions for reflection:

Read Genesis 2 with Revelation 22.  What similarities do you see in these two gardens?

Read Jesus’ prayer for all believers from the Garden of Gethsemane in John 17:20-26.  What verse means the most to you this Holy Week?

Join me every day this week for more prayers in honor of Holy Week.  Plan to join me next week for a new series, “Meeting God in the Garden.”

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  • Susan

    Sarah, I had to come and read your words and prose on Gethsemane. One of the holiest places on earth. Thank you. xo

    • Sarah

      Hi Susan, thanks for reading! Blessed Easter to you, and thanks for retweeting the link for me too!

  • Sarah, I loved how this poem/prayer made the connection between the first garden and the one Jesus prayed in before He was taken to be crucified. It reminds me of the good news that He will make all things perfect again in His time.
    Happy Easter to you!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

    • Sarah

      Thanks Marva. Happy Easter to you as well!

  • Beautiful, Sarah. Happy Easter. ((xoxo))

    • Sarah

      Happy Easter to you too, Brenda!

  • Beautiful prayer. I have been reading a little in the Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers (you are probably familiar with it) and learning to appreciate written prayers more than ever.

    • Sarah

      Hi Donna, yes, I LOVE that book, and thanks for the reminder to pull it off the shelf and read Easter prayers today!

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  • Gretchen

    Beautiful prayer and loved the pictures of the garden. I have not been to Israel so how wonderful on this Good Friday to actually see that particular place! Thank you for sharing:)

    • Sarah

      Hi Gretchen, thank you! I hope you had a blessed Easter.

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Sarah – Where the curse is broken because of His sacrifice – hallelujah! Loved all your prayers and this one was so good for Holy Week. Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday this last week. I hope to see you again this Thursday at the linkup.

    • Sarah

      Hi Debbie, thanks for your kind comment. Yes, plan to see me again this Thursday. Thanks for hosting!

  • What a beautiful prayer and testimony of His love, Sarah! I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to see the land that was under his feet in his earthly journey. 😉 Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link up!
    Bless you,
    Dawn

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Dawn, I am always glad to link up with you!