olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane

#35 Lent Pilgrimage, Ancient Roots

Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial. ~Luke 22:46

The roots of the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are purportedly 2,000 years old. Olive trees are known to live a long time, and these particular trees have been lovingly tended since Jesus prayed under them. The knobby roots of the trees are a reminder that prayer itself is an ancient practice, worth tending. Asking God for help in the most desperate of moments is the very core of Christian hope.

How might you pray for help today?

Prayer: O Creator, keep me from the time of trial.

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olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane

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