All of us have burdens in our lives that at times are too big to bear. We feel as if we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We pray in desperation and with anxiety to have the burden removed. And yet most often our prayers result in the strength to continue, a resolution that we did not anticipate, and the strength to rise up and face the hour.
Jesus kneels in the garden praying. The disciples, who have promised to go to the death with him, have fallen asleep. Th.ey are weak and human as we are. Jesus tried to wake them for prayer but realizes he is on his own. The weight and the burden are his alone to bear. He reaches out to God, intimately and personally, asking for an escape route. He finally turns it all over to God asking for the strength to face the days ahead. We too often beg for release. God's answer is most often the strength to face the hour ahead and an outcome we never could have imagined. We humans struggle long for answers and often chose prayer as the last resort. God invites us today to bring our burdens to the one who walked the road to Calvary, to the one who died so we might live.
Today I ask God to give me the strength to pray through all the burdens. May we offer our needs and worries to God, so that God might strengthen us to continue in our service. May we rejoice that we can talk with God and that God will bear all our burdens, carrying us through the deepest anguish. And may we remember that Jesus moved from Gethsemane to the early morning garden of resurrection and our lives are in God's hands today.