Watch With Me

“…could ye not watch with me…?” from Matthew 26:40

It was the blackest of night, its cruel hours dragging as Jesus wrestled with the cup. At the meal He had dipped into the vessel, rubbing his hand against treasonous flesh. “Would be good you had never been born, Judas.”

After supper, He broke the bread and offered the cup–this is My body, you know–someone selected a hymn, and into the cool evening air Jesus and His men lifted their voices. Envision that touching scene if you can… and then those burly, unkempt men stumbled into the night and their Leader led them to Gethsemane.

He picked a spot. “Sit here,” he spoke to his disciples save for the three who would go deeper into the vale with Him. “I go to pray.”

And said to the three as He led them further, “…my soul is exceeding sorrowful…watch with me.”

Watch with me is the cry of all humanity; be with me, understand me, sit beside my bed, hold my hand, put your arm around my shoulder, stand by as I walk the final road…watch with me.

I have an extremely touching story here of a young Chinese man, who is horribly disfigured because of very large facial tumors. I was so touched when I saw his story–not only because of his plight–but because of the caring people who surround this young man and who attend him. His first operation has relieved him greatly, but he faces many more surgeries. Let me warn you the pictures are extremely graphic, but are very moving. I do not recommend that children view this video.

Our world is screaming for attention, for help…for someone to sit inside their raveled lives…and watch with them. When they’re ugly, we must watch, when they’re mean and disoriented, we must watch, when they’re arrogant and testy, we must watch, when they’re sick, broken, disheartened, disillusioned, addicted…we must watch with them.

The link is here. Remember, it is very graphic.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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8 Responses to Watch With Me

  1. carolena h says:

    Praise the Lord sister,
    I heard about this case it is amazing. Sister, I know that you are a woman of prayer and really need special prayer. I am going to the Dr. to find out what type of cancer that I was just diagnosed with. I know that God is a healer and a comforter. He has his life in my hands. I just need to have faith, remain positive and know that everything works for the Lord. So, sister you and you husband’s prayers would be greatly appreacited. Right now, I am staying positve and praying throughout the day and glorifying my Lord. He is so good!

    God bless you sister,


  2. Shirley says:

    Good afternoon, Carolena. Thank you for reading and commenting here. I do appreciate it.

    I definitely will pray for you, that God will heal you, and lead you faithfully through these days.

    It does not matter at all, but do my husband and I know you? Whether you want to answer that or not, I will tell Jerry of this comment, and he also will pray.


  3. cjojo59 says:

    I don’t know if you know me but we live in the South Bay and we attend church with Pastor Jim Ghiloni at the Upper Pentecostal church. My last name is Hinojosa, I have two brothers that are serving the Lord. My brother Fred used to be the assistant pastor in a church in McAllen TX. NOw he is back in San Diego. My family has been serving the Lord for over 30 years. I have a sister named Liz who used to teach at IBCS a school we had at Upper Room.

    Thanks again for your prayers.

  4. Shirley says:

    Cjojo59, are you also writing under the name Carolena h?

  5. cjojo59 says:

    yes I am. sorry!

  6. carolena h says:

    Praise the Lord Sister, God is so good. I got the results today, and I found out that I have a stage four cancer. They don’t know where it came from. I start Chemo on Friday. When I heard the news at first I was sad for my children, my son is 23 and my daughter is almost 16, but then I felt peace. God knows what he is doing. I will remain positive and trustful in everything. Thankyou so much for your prayers. God Bless!

  7. Shirley says:

    Carolena, what a tremendous attitude you have. Please know that I am praying for you and will continue to support you in prayer. Keep your faith in God. Lean on your family, your friends, and your wonderful pastor and wife. I know they are a great source of strength for you at this time.

    Please…all who read here: Pray for Carolena…perhaps even leave her a word of encouragement here.

  8. writeathome says:

    Hi Carolena,

    I did leave a comment on your blog, but I wanted to leave one here too, to reassure you again that I am praying for you. May the peace of God that passes all understanding continue to fill your heart and mind.

    Believing God for great things,

    Carol Connell

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