Happy Wednesday!!

This week has been crazy for me so far. I'm sure some of you feel the same way. I started my week off fighting a pack of vultures who had their way with the Waterpark while I was away. Just another day on the job I guess. 

This week we are wrapping up our series on loving, cherishing and following God even in the midst of pain. I am excited for what the Lord has in store for us at the Well tonight. Please join me in praying for the students and the message. 

In Hebrews chapter 5 we see a summary of Jesus's earthly life: 

"During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and was headed because of His reverence. Though He was God's Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him," vs. 7-9, HCSB

The words contained in these few verses speak volumes. To imagine for a moment that the Word, existing before creation, the Beginning and the End, the True Light, Life- God Himself, took on human flesh and made His residence among us. This Jesus, although He existed in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be used for His own advantage, Instead He emptied Himself, humbling Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross.

Tonight we will be looking at Jesus's time in the Garden just before being taken away. We will see the deep anguish of our Savior. The preceding pain that lies deep in the core of our humanness as our will is aligned with that of the Father. The pain of surrendering control, desires, passions to the One who IS. The Great I AM. 

My prayer is that the students will will be reminded of their salvation, that others would follow Jesus for the first time and that the call to surrender their own will in obedience to the Fathers would resonate deeply. 

May you consider conversations with your student(s) this week. I love you and am thankful for you. 

-Discuss the will of God. Desiring what God desires. 

-Ask your student(s) what they desire most and talk about these things in light of following Jesus. 

-Pray with your student(s). Ask God to guide them, give them clarity, etc. that they may be strengthened as they walk into their unique areas of influence. 

As we journey, 

-R