Our church in Owasso had an interactive Passion Week experience unlike anything I'd ever experienced. We are gifted, as so many churches can be, with visionary people who let the Love of Christ flow through them to the church body. This experience was evidence of that and was truly amazing. I will be posting BEFORE this time next year to heads up everyone, as I'd like everyone I know to go through on their own time!!!
One of the experience settings was the Garden of Gethsemane. This was where Jesus, about to be betrayed into the hands of his accusers, prayed so deeply that he sweated blood. He asked the Father to take the cup from Him if possible, but also said "not My will but Yours be done". We know what happens after that.
Jesus was on a mission from God. He was both man and God, and He - someone who could call all the might from heaven down at a moments notice - did not...because He was on a mission and knew He needed to fulfill that mission.
I am wrapping up this post with the prayer that was printed in our experience guide (with one slight change!) as I knew when I read it that it was for all of us. You see, we are indeed on a mission that only a certain percentage (currently 1 in 88) of Moms and Dads are on. Jesus was exclusive. We are too. Jesus was the only one who could give His life for all of ours. There is only one of us who can do for our kids what needs to be done. Jesus got overwhelmed and asked if possible, if he could not go through with the mission. I don't know about you, but sometimes that is me. He perservered to the salvation of those that will believe. We must perservere, because God has a purpose for our kids, and we are the only ones given this mission for them! Claim this prayer as your own and remember you are indeed on mission!
Lord, thank You for accepting Your mission; now I pray that You will grant me a willing heart to accept mine. I can be so mindful and even resentful of the sacrifices required to love my family, serve in my vocation, be a part of Your family and church, and deal with the everyday events of parenting my child, that I forget the glory of You prayer, "Not My will, but Yours be done." Lord, today let this be my prayer also. The scripture reference is from Luke 22:39-44
Please see Jonni's reminder below of our group's change of venue meeting Thursday night. As another part of our mission...we look for new ways to help our kids. This is an opportunity that may or may not be of interest in your own mission with your kids.
Easter Blessings! Julie
We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!
Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.