The harrowing prayer of Christ in that garden
Did not change His circumstance.
It was His last few moments
Before going up to be crucified,
A crucifixion He spoke of repeatedly.
The contents of the prayer
Reveal a level of vulnerability
That is most unsettling.
Christ accepts His crushing fate
While at the same time expressing His desire
For another way.
He did not consider His Father unjust,
He did not begrudgingly approach the cross,
Nor did He downplay
The distress He was under-
He took it up with His Father.
Christ had a will of His own,
And He did not consider it improper
Nor rebellious to express it.
He was honest in His obedience
Genuine in His sacrifice.
He rend His heart and made His request,
Yet He held no entitlement to the outcome.
In the end when the words had been spoken
And the blood-infused sweat
Stained His brow,
He said amen and rose from His knees.
He had said His piece.
And now He made peace-
What was to be done was His Father’s will
And not His own.
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he 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. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”