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John Chapter 17

Jesus and his disciples entered Gethsemane. The Mount of Olives in the night’s darkness they would be. Near him were Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee He would feel troubled, sorrowful, and filled with ennui. Jesus asked John and James, “Will you stay awake with me? Please stay up and keep watch. I know you are quite sleepy.” He moved a short distance from where the others would stay Jesus would kneel down to the ground, and started to pray: “For it shall be Your will, and forever from today. Father, if it’s possible, please take this cup away.” Jesus looked up into the heavens and then would say: “Father, time has come. I know there is little to do. Give your son praise to let all know the God that is true. To grant eternal life to all those who may know You. I have completed the work. It is totally through. In revealing Your name to all those whom You gave me, they now believe and accept You. They can plainly see I came from the true God. I was sent with certainty. I do not pray for the world, but for those who know me. Soon I’ll be coming to You. It’s near my last hour. Father, I ask you to protect them with Your power. I protected them when I was with them, as You willed None have been lost so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. While I am still in the world, I am saying these things. May they have the joy and pleasure knowledge of You brings. I’ve given them Your word, and the world has hated them. Please keep them, and protect them from evil’s stratagem. They are all not of this world, any more than I am. In all the truth and goodness within You, they’ll confide. By Your word that is the truth, may they be sanctified. I pray not only for them, but for those who follow In order to keep them all as one, as You they’ll know. Let them have the glory that You allowed them to see. Knowledge of You I shall spread in perpetuity. May all the world be brought into complete unity. Let them be one as I in them, and as You in me.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2012 6:46:00 PM
    Robert I love the word. It is inspiring to the soul. Thanks for sharing. I needed that. I felt happy reading your work.

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 4:03:00 AM
    I was in jail and they said if we memorized this they would give us this special bible. I didn't get it. Latter it became clear that I was there to teach about the bible. Very soon after that I was let out of jail. Go figure.

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 9:09:00 AM
    an inspired write from you, Robert. What a lovely way to start the morning. And as for Joe Namath, I never knew he was number 12. I only followed him in his tv commercials. haha. But what a guy he is!

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 11:59:00 AM
    A writer of all, a master of none but...I know when I read a poem if I have enjoyed it. Now I have read yours and I have indeed enjoyed it as always Robert. I wish you a wonderful weekend and hope you find much inspiration to continue with your writing endeavors. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 10:41:00 AM
    Very well quoted and rhymed, oneof my favorite passages of scripture xx