He lifts us up

It is as natural to us as breathing to know that God is here.

Originally published as a web original article on June 17, 2021.

Like today, the years of Christ Jesus’ ministry were filled with political and social turmoil. Jesus himself was subject to constant persecution because of his teachings and healings. Yet Jesus also gave us the best possible example of how to approach troubling times and personal difficulties.

Jesus often referred to God as Father. At one point, in a moment of direst need, he was in the garden of Gethsemane and knew that he was about to be tried and crucified; the disciples he had asked to watch with him had gone to sleep. He was alone. We read in the Gospel of Mark: “And he went forward a little, 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 unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt” (14:35, 36).

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