An Eastertide Meditation
from Revd Alistair Jessamine
‘Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw,
knelt down, and prayed’ – Luke 22.41
Christ often withdrew from his disciples (and others) in order to be alone with God.
Isolation is a key word in these present days of a vicious global pandemic. Social isolation, that is, which each of us is currently experiencing in varying degrees and, in the main, negatively.
Can I suggest to you however that isolation can be viewed positively? Like Christ’s isolation in the Garden of Gethsemane during the first Holy Week. I say it again: Christ isolated in order to be alone with God. And so should we if, that is, we are to discover, as did Christ, that, even although our human lives are not all plain sailing, there is help. For me, Annie Johnson Flint said as much in her splendid poem entitled ‘What God Hath Promised’:
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
May each of us come to know that in our own experience.