Like the olive tree
Ancient branches knotted, fused —
Your will one with that of the Father.
Branches twisted, pierced through.
Soon Your sinews, muscles would strain, contorted,
Flesh torn.
Yet You chose to meet Your betrayer
Went willingly, bound
You who spread out a universe
To declare Your glory.
Now Your glory shone
From obedience to death
On a cross of wood.
Fulfilling all things,
Righteous Branch,
You burst forth, yielding
For me.

— Garden of Gethsemane, May 11, 2022

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Read about the events behind the poem in Matthew 26:36-28:15.

I couldn’t be more grateful that I came to know Jesus personally. If you haven’t discovered new life in Christ, don’t hesitate to check it out. Life is too short to miss His love and perfect plan for you. Read About “The Nearness of God” or see for more information. You can also read my story of coming to faith in Christ in: How My Song Began.

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