The Olive Grove

Matthew 26:36-46

A small wood planted with olive trees.

‘The estate is surrounded by olive groves’

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Mark 14 New International Version (NIV)

36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep?

Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?

38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.

40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.

1 Story: Bryan Stevenson

Inspirational speaker Bryan Stevenson shares a story about an emotional event that changed how he viewed the world — and taught him the importance of “being there” during difficult circumstances.
 
Vernoemd voorbeeld in de video, het gebeuren dat Bryan Stevenson weergeeft, is de Hof van Olijven in de bijbel: “Is het teveel gevraagd”.
 
 

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  • Where were they when you were three being physically abused?
  • Where were they when you were seven being sexually abused?
  • Where were they when you were 10 experimenting with drugs?
  • Where were they when you were a teenager homeless and drug-addicted?


And  with those questions resonating this man was pulled away strapped in the electric chair and executed and it was very tempting to say I cannot do this and then I reflected on how unbearable it would have been had there not been at this effort this witness to this inequality, this injustice.

I think often times we find ourselves in situations that are quite overwhelming, but it is important that we be there, because it is often that those experiences motivate us, inspire us, change us.

Since that time we’ve gotten 115 people off of death row who were wrongly convicted and condemned, seen some major changes and I don’t know that it would have been possible without appreciating the ugliness, the difficulty of the depth of the problems.

So I don’t think we should run or hide from a true and honest accounting of the seriousness of the challenges that the people we serve.

It brings to us, we just have to meet those challenges with an equally committed to overcome and create more justice.

2 Toddler gives her mother advice after hearing parents fight

25 jun. 2018

This little girl would make an excellent marriage counselor! She comforted her mother after hearing her parents fight.
 

 

3 Pope Francis consoles a boy who asked if his non-believing father is in Heaven

16 apr. 2018

 
 

4 Pope Francis shaken by ANAK-TNK street children

22 jan. 2015

Pope Francis surprise visit at TNK foundation – January 16, 2015 Youth encounter Manila, testimony of TNK kids and tears of Glyzelle – January 18, 2015 www.anak-tnk.org
 

5 Legs tied together and left to die, donkey recovers from unimaginable cruelty.

27 okt. 2020

This is Bansi and we must tell you from the beginning–he was rescued, completely healed and he has flourished. The beginning of the video is particularly heart-breaking, and the question that will probably fill your heart and mind as you watch it is simply “Why?” Why would the owners tie this donkey so cruelly? What deranged mind is behind this? To what purpose? Sometimes the answer “Ignorance” is not sufficient. We immediately began the 2 month treatment process for Bansi and he healed beautifully. He also happens to be adorable, innocent, agreeable, quiet. He’s happy now and police arrested and jailed his cruel owner. There are about 600 working donkeys in Udaipur.
 

6 Sir David Attenborough: The 60 Minutes Interview

28 sep. 2020

The legendary wildlife filmmaker tells Anderson Cooper why urgent action on climate change is crucial and why we need to save nature in order to save ourselves.
 
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7 Police Officer Drowns Little Girl’s Dog

21 mrt. 2020

 

There’s a special place in hell for people who harm dogs. I imagine it’s somewhere between mass murderers and all the people who call bagels “baggles”.