I put in this sketch I did recently of a wilderness garden as a symbolic piece of art for a garden as to posting subject matter
for garden reading until I get post put up here is a poem link:
Matthew (14:32-41) Transcribed from The Holy Bible, as issued from The Gideons International In Canada through Montreal General Hospital Pastoral Services:
Then they came to a place which was named Geth-sem'a-ne; and He said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch." He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Again He went awayand prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. Then He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners."
I was introduced to this scripture reading by my Deaconess of the Anglican Church where I am ministered the faith, as a layperson of the Anglican family, when I get to the church on time so to rock and roll the issue into some sort of perspective for my poor attendance record.
Anyway, as was discussed after the scripture reading, where I took notes at the Bible/scripture discussion lead by our Deaconess, Jesus' bout of praying in the garden of Gethsemane symbolically portrays times in our lives where we have our own bouts of troubling trails and tribulations, as to the times of the old scriptures. Knowing God is with us, or do we know He is with us? Always comes to light throughout our lives. God made us in likeness of himself, what to be stressed and agitated over his creations, to be fully God and fully human. We tend to over look the human/humanity side of him, Jesus as distressed and agitated as in the garden of Gethsemane. Flesh is meek and impatient,then we have the dellima (sp,need dictionary) of relating to the Jesus/God as we humans do. Jesus was there in the garden as the all knowing God, waiting and knowing of things to come and enduring the stress there in, we do with our own insight hindsight capabilities.
Then we went on to discuss the things we do when we can not handle what is coning upon us, such as falling asleep as the disciples were doing on Jesus in the scripture reading pertaining to the garden of Gethsemane as transcribed above in this text. We sleep from either physical fatigue which can be induced by stress/depression as to worry for that which we await for what is coming upon us.Then there in the melieu before our waking moments and the ensued dream state where angels have been known to speak to previously acknowledged Prophets of the Holy scriptures.One must consider the manifestations of thoughts and what drives us to say things as in our waking moments and remembering the dream state pre-waking moments.
We further discussed in our Christian Education Session with our Deaconess, what nature did and what we can not or did not do, inclusive of all God's little creatures big and small that make up life forms on our planet Earth. We questioned if God ever sleeps? To what what are His waking moments of thought to His thoughtfulness for his creations, inclusive of the human sinners that we are.
As the time was coming upon us to close our study of the Day's scripture reading much loved Deaconess brought to attention if we as individuals, go looking for signs of ressurection' as observors of nature; to communicate and feel one with nature and the God of all that has been created, to how we are tempted by God, then bartering with him to self justify not to be a sinner. My closing thoughts and spoken words were to the effect as to what I always said to my Mother, the womb of my creation, "it is not what I want, but what you want, if you are happy I am happy" as our relationship should be with our Heavenly Host.
Which brings a close to this blog posting!