One of my favorite scripture stories about the Savior takes place during the Atonement.
In Matthew 26 we read:
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
I think this scripture portrays a very human side to the Savior. He took a few disciples with him to the Garden of Gethsemane because he wanted someone to be with him. They couldn’t suffer with him. They couldn’t take on some of his pain. They couldn’t endure the Atonement for him.
But, they could be there with him and offer comfort and support.
How often do we want the same thing in life?
When we endure something very hard, we want the comfort of our loved ones at our side. We know they can’t take away our pain or endure our trials for us, but they can watch with us.
I love those three simple words: WATCH WITH ME.
Recently, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This is a very painful type of cancer. Many of us traveled to Oregon to be with him during this time.
He’s on pain medication and sleeps most of the day and night. It hurts to talk and it hurts to eat.
I can’t describe how hard it is to see someone in this situation. It makes my heart ache.
There wasn’t anything any of us could do for him except be there with him and hold his hand, give him a hug, kiss his cheek, and tell him we loved him.
We can’t take his pain away and we can’t endure it for him.
But we can WATCH WITH HIM.
There is so much comfort provided in those three little words.
Every time I checked on my dad to see if he needed anything, those words echoed in my mind, WATCH WITH ME.
Being surrounded by family brought much joy to him.
I love that the Savior taught us a valuable lesson even while enduring great pain himself. I don’t think the only lesson is to watch and avoid temptation.
He taught us to be there for others during their time of darkness and trial–and don’t fall asleep on the job.
Remember to always, WATCH WITH ME.