Tag: Garden of Gethsemane

Under My Branches – NaPoWriMo Day 17

Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”

Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”

When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”

 He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”

When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open. This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.

When he came back the next time, he said, “Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners. Get up! Let’s get going! My betrayer is here.” (Matthew 26-26 MSG)

Under My Branches

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

 

In the corner of the Garden, He falls under the shining stars
Letting go of tears and fears. Under my branches
He falls under my canopy. Watching Him is pure agony
Crushed by sorrow, suffering, Under my branches

“Father let this cup, pass from me
Yet not my will, but Yours be done
I’ll finish what You have begun.”
Jesus prays, under my branches
He asks his friends to stay awake. Spirit’s willing, the flesh is weak
Nevertheless He still prays, Under my branches

“Father let this cup, pass from me
Yet not my will, but Yours be done
I’ll finish what You have begun.”
Jesus prays, under my branches

My branches were not meant to hold Him
He would hang on another tree
From my garden I could see Him
As He died on Calvary

“Father let this cup, pass from me
Yet not my will, but Yours be done
I’ll finish what You have begun.”
Jesus prays, under my branches

 

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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Under My Branches

I recently joined a Song Writing Forum online to help me learn new things.  It’s a sort of online workshop. It is called CCCMNI, for Christian Songwriters, bands, artists, worship leaders, etc.  And the best part – free to join!  So yes, all you poets, come on over!

The first writing exercise was this:

“take some time and consider the Garden of Gethsemane; really immerse yourself in the scriptures account,  the emotional state Christ was in, asking His Father that if there was ANY other way, yet knowing He had to drink the cup, finally finding resolve.”

So, the first song I wrote was my post yesterday, Agony in the Garden.  I still have to put chords to this one.  Then the leader of the SongWriting Cafe, Robert Wagener, asked me an interesting question. He asked me to rewrite the song and make the inamimate animate, and BE the olive tree Jesus kneeled under as he prayed.

I had never thought of writing a song from the Olive Tree’s point of view!  And God makes new things happen all the time!  He can make trees talk, donkeys talk, burning bushes talk, whatever – He’s God!

This was fun, as there were two other co-writers that helped.  The bridge Laurayne Hall wrote – it is brilliant! And of course, Roger helped too. It is awesome to be led by people who have done this before.  I am grateful God sends people our way to help us become who God wants us to be.  Thank you Lord, for brothers and sisters that help us!

Under My Branches

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen, Robert Wagener, Laurayne Hall

 V1

In the corner of the Garden

He falls under the shining stars.

Letting go of tears and fears.

Under my branches

 V2

He falls under my canopy.

Watching Him is pure agony.

Crushed by sorrow, suffering,

Under my branches

 CHORUS

“Father let this cup, pass from me.

Yet not my will, but Yours be done.

I’ll finish what You have begun.”

Jesus prays, under my branches.

 V3

He asks his friends to stay awake

Spirit’s willing, the flesh is weak.

Nevertheless He still prays,

Under my branches

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

My branches were not meant to hold Him,

He would hang on another tree.

From my garden I could see Him

As He died on Calvary.

REPEAT CHORUS

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the prayer in the Garden, that gave You courage and strength to accomplish what you were born to do.  Thank you for completing the task that You came to Earth to do.  You came to seek and save the lost. You did, You have bought us back from the enemy and adopted us as Your children. Thank you for becoming the perfect sacrifice for men and their sins – past, present, and future. And for doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. You are such an awesome Daddy!
It’s not that we love You (even though you know we do), but You loved us first, even when we were in the darkness.  Shine Your Light in our darkness and help us accomplish what you have given us to do while we are here on planet Earth, in Jesus Name.

 

Agony in the Garden

Gethsemane – what does that mean?

Gethsemane is a corruption into English of two Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM. It is taken to mean “the place where olive oil is pressed”.

Now, here is a further insight into the Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM.

GAT, as a Hebrew word by itself (Hebrew: gimel, tav), means a winepress.

SHMANIN means oils, and is the plural of the Hebrew word SHEMEN, for oil.

A literal translation of GAT SHMANIM would be “winepress of oils”.

Agony in the Garden

Copyright 2013 By Diana Rasmussen
At the foot of the Mountain of Olives
In the corner of the Garden
The Son of Man lies crumpled and torn.
In a body to be battered and scorned.
*
His soul is full of troubles,
His life draws near to the grave.
The terror of death assaults Him
As His sweat turns into blood.
*
Agony in the garden,
Crushed by sorrow and distress.
He is poured out like water,
His heart melts like wax.
*
His heart is in anguish.
Terrors of death have fallen.
Floods of destruction sweep over.
Anguish of the grave comes over Him.
*
He treads the wine-press alone.
The precious oil is poured out.
Jesus is pressed and crushed.
All for the sins of men.

The Spirit is Calling; DP Challenge 2AM Photo

Creative Writing Challenge: 2AM Photo

It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next.

Ok, so I’m off by an hour, but how funny is this?  I did get a ‘phone call’ last night at around 3 am. Only it wasn’t from earth, it was a heavenly calling.   I felt the Spirit ask me to pray. This has happened more than once this past month.

So, I got out of bed and went downstairs.  I sat on the couch for a bit, prayed in tongues for maybe 10-15 minutes, and then grabbed a blanket and went back to sleep on the couch.  When I pray in the Spirit like that I don’t always know what God is using me for.  That’s OK, I trust Him  

Then when I woke up again around 6:00 am I heard The Spirit say, “Can you not stay awake for one hour to pray?” The picture on my phone was of Jesus praying in the Garden. Ouch, sometimes the truth hurts.

From http://www.ephesians.wordpress.com

Has this ever happened to you?  I have a lot more to learn about this intercessory praying. Help me Lord.

Please feel free to add a comment and share what you have learned…
Here are some other places that talk about 3:00 AM Prayer

http://ezekielregiment.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/prayer-watches

http://mypeoplepc.com/members/rthomasl/lwmstl/id12.html

http://m.3amiwpn.co.uk/About-Us.html

http://diasporaxchange.net/nationalprayerwatch/the_8_prayer_watches/fourth_watch.html

http://www.blurtit.com/q633872.html

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