“… Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” Luke 22:42
Jesus did not encourage himself as he was at his lowest point in life. In Gethsemane, the place of an oil press, his human anxieties and fears came to the surface. His good friends failed to keep watch while he prayed in a posture of complete humiliation. Surely this man who was able to give sight to the blind, cause the lame to walk, the mute to speak, drive out demons, cure leprosy and hemorrhages, and even raise a dead man to life should have been able to speak something to his mind to pick up his spirits. Did he not speak the word from the written text to overcome the tempter? Why couldn’t he have found a scripture to give him joy in the midst of his agony?
True faith has not as much to do with an uplifted spirit as it does a “nevertheless” spirit. While an uplift may seem desirable (as it is a good thing), it often proves temporary as the natural law states, “what comes up must come down.” Those whose faith is built on such fluctuations of cheer and despair run the risk of having an eroded soul. The tides of life take away from their sense of internal stability.
The “nevertheless” spirit goes forward despite what ever storm may arise or tribulation it will face. This spirit is also not distracted by the glories and pleasures of this world either. “Nevertheless” is a complete and total surrender to the Highest of Spirits in the belief that in it, there is something far more profound than anything to be experienced in the flesh.
As I go forward in this Fast of Great Lent, I do so not thinking of the pleasures that will be mine at the Feast of the Resurrection. Nor do I bemoan the things I will surrender as I place my spirit in control of my flesh. I go forward “nevertheless” that I am called to let the Father’s will be done.
The grace and mercy of the Lord be with us this day.
How often do we wake up helter-skelter? We hit the snooze bar on our alarm clocks twice or more. Realizing we have set ourselves back by more than ten minutes, we are forced to a mad dash of washing, dressing, eating, and dashing out of the door (and even more task if we have children). If there is a prayer, it is brief and hurried. Can one maintain good relationships when we always greet that special someone with such carelessness? How much more is it hard to maintain a right relationship with God if our first greeting to him each day is just as careless?
Awaken with plenty of time to spend quality moments with the Lord. As one would seek his or her beloved, so let the morning begin in a similar desire to be with God in prayer, meditation, scriptures, and music. As the Savior taught us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, …” (Matt 6:33). And if the Saviour began his day with a purposeful prayer (Mark 1:35), who are we not to follow in his footsteps.
I am Cyprian Bluemood. I am an avatar from Second Life. The Lord has blessed me to walk in this virtual world to be a beacon of friendship and faith. I claim no superior title nor super discipline. I am a man with the same sensual desires as anyone else. My call is to live with controlled desires and share faith and friendship with anyone who would listen. I can be found where people are. I do not close myself off completely as a hermit. But, my habit is to meditate nightly at St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mt. Sinai 10 PM EST. All are welcome to friend and join me.