Monday, June 23, 2008

Reflections from the Garden of Gethsemane

Todd Wetzel writes this morning from The Garden:

Not all sites are probable sites. This one, however, is thought to be genuine. So, it was especially touching to kneel down, touch the rock and pray. To pray for friends left behind: there have been so many casualties in the twenty years I have been the Executive Director of Episcopalians United, now known as Anglicans United. Clergy, bishops and laity. So many who have given up and joined other denominations. So many who have made choices based on political expediency, citing the need to educate their children and pay the mortgage over taking God at His word. For those who were afraid if they talked honestly and/or candidly with their bishop, they would never get another job, and may not keep the one they have. For those who made the great leap of faith, and their parishes threw them out, saying they were not Episcopalian any more. When Jesus said he came with a sword, he wasn't kidding. Taking Him seriously can cost you everything, a lesson I have learned personally. I wept for all of my lost friends and acquaintances today.


TLF+ said...

As Jesus prayed and agonized in the garden, an angel came to strengthen him for what was ahead.

May God send his angel to strengthen Todd.

Alice C. Linsley said...

God bless you, Todd. Your labors are not in vain.