Watching One Hour

Many times, when reading the account of Jesus' last night in the garden of Gethsemane, thought has been stirred by the desertion of those to whom he turned for help, and to whom he had given so freely and fully of the "bread of life." Having chosen the three who best understood the truth he taught, he returned from his watching to find them asleep. Then he said to them, "Could ye not watch with me one hour?" They were apparently unmindful of their wonderful opportunity to feel the inspiration of that hour of victory, as well as to support the great friend of mankind in his testing time.

Then one asks himself: Could I have done any better, or even as well, had the same opportunity been mine? Have I been so faithful in watching, with the truth that has illumined consciousness through the study of Christian Science, that I can judge another? Pondering these questions deeply, we recall what Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 330), "It is good to talk with our past hours, and learn what report they bear, and how they might have reported more spiritual growth." How we wish we had watched more faithfully when some gleam of inspiration has come to us, some clearer realization has illumined our vision! We are also made glad as we recall the victories that have been ours, when we have watched with a new recognition of His allness; for we have then seen the manifestation of the power of God, good.

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