"Rise and pray"

IN St. Luke's Gospel we read that in his hour of prayerful preparation in the garden of Gethsemane, before his betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, Jesus came upon his disciples "sleeping for sorrow." Do we, sometimes, when we think of their not being able to watch with him in this hour of his great need, feel that had we had this opportunity we should have stayed awake with our Master?

Jesus had told his disciples of his approaching death and resurrection, but close as they were to him they did not fully understand his great mission, for had they grasped his meaming they would not have slept. They were looking down into matter and material law, instead of looking to the spiritual law of Life. They were "sleeping for sorrow" in the dream of life in matter, with its belief of beginning and end, instead of seeing Life as one continuous whole and rejoicing that they were privileged to witness a further demonstration of the great truth of being in the life of their Master.

True Relationship
February 15, 1941

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