It’s located just outside the city of Jerusalem.  The garden below was a designated cemetery for the Jewish people.  Many of them are buried there.  Jesus seemed to find solace in that place.  He spent much of his time talking to his followers from that very site. It was the perfect place to retreat for prayer and contemplation.

The night was still – the sky dotted with a billion stars.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, looked up and couldn’t help but recall God’s promise to Abraham. God told the patriarch that his descendants would far outnumber those stars.  It was with faith that Abraham believed God’s promise.  It was faith that led him to sacrifice his long-promised son.  It was God that provided a substitute.  It is God who provides all of us with the faith we need when faced with difficult times. He gives us His Holy Spirit to breathe that faith into us. He gave His Son to die for us.

God always keeps His promises.  The thought of giving up her Son weighed heavily on Mary’s heart. Even though giving up the life that had grown within her own body for nine months, she knew she had to trust that there was a purpose for all this.  Would her boy’s life end and simply be added to the numbers buried on that mountain? She remembered the words of the angel Gabriel.

“Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Her faith had to remain strong this week, because she knew it would be put to the test.  Looking up at those stars, she could see God’s handiwork woven into each intricate pattern. Each tiny globe of light was a beacon that filled her heart with hope rather than despair. She knew that God’s will was about to be done. On Tuesday of that Holy Week, Jesus and His followers retreated to the Mount of Olives. They cut through the cemetery at the foot of the hill. The Messiah knew His time was drawing to a close. His Father’s will would be done.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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3 Responses to THE MOUNT OF OLIVES

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    He knew. She knew. They all came to know. I’m so thankful for the promise that was fulfilled. My heart is so full this Holy Week. His suffering and ultimate death for US to live! Mama K I scrolled so long to find you. I type your name and can’t find you. God brought me here now. I’ve been praying that your eye surgery went well. I pray for you both daily. I’m sending so much love, hugs, and prayers. Hosanna to our King!!

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    • says:

      Eye surgery went well. It’s taking a while to heal because the cataract was quite thick. Thanks for always sending prayers. They are greatly appreciated. Prayers and hugs to you and yours family as well.

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      • K.L. Hale says:

        I’m so glad to know it went well. But am sorry for the long recovery. Dad’s laser surgery didn’t give the results he had hoped. All that’s left to try is cornea replacement. I’m going to try and write today, but it’s been hard. I’ve had a difficult two weeks, but trying to keep the joy! It always does my heart good to be able to “see” you! Much love and prayers. My family appreciates them so very much. Thank you! 💛❤️🙏🤗

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