Matthew 26: 38-39

Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

On the night before His death, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was tormented with dread over the trials He would have to endure. He was alone as the disciples fell asleep while He prayed. For my painting I’ve placed Jesus leaning on a rock, which is a solid foundation such as He has with God. His hands are tightly gripped as He bows His head to pray. He seeks comfort from His Father. As He prays for God’s will, He surrenders Himself, knowing He has to die to save man’s soul. His prayer is one of submission to God. Painting this station was a prayerful practice as I struggled to portray part of Christ’s journey on the way to the cross. The time I spent painting brought me closer to God during the Lenten season. I used oils, which was a challenge for me as I usually paint with acrylics. This station is also special to me as my son Jeremy posed for this painting.

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