Hi Everyone,

We arrived in Jerusalem yesterday afternoon. We went to Mount Scopus, overlooking the city, and then to the Garden of Gethsemane. What an amazing way to enter into the Holy City! While we were in the Garden we looked out over the Kidron Valley where Jesus walked with His disciples after they shared the last supper together. They sang a hymn on their way across the Valley and to the Garden. I read from God’s Word to those who are with us. In Luke 22 we read where Jesus “as usual” went to the Garden. The Garden and the Mount of Olives were places where Jesus was able to retreat, to get away from the crowds and the pressures of life, and spend time with the Father. On the night in which Jesus was betrayed, the Garden became a place of agony as Jesus prayed and drops of blood poured from His forehead.

Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” What a blessing it was for us to realize that for our own lives, when we go through agonizing trials and heartbreaking experiences, there is a place where we can go to find peace and to experience the presence of God.