Facing Pain
(Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons)

“There aren’t two sides to this story — the wilderness of Lent and the joy of Easter — it’s one story, one narrative.”

What pain in your life do you tend to avoid? What might change if you acknowledge or face it?

Matthew 26:36-46
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

This episode was written and recorded by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Samples include The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms and Sea Smoke by Podington Bear, Walking Shoes by Blue Dot Sessions, and Snow by David Szesztay.

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