The Weekly Breather: In the Garden with Jesus


Greetings from the Soul Care Collective Steering Committee!

This weekly post includes a brief word about personal soul care from one of our amazing Soul Care Collective authors and will include an exercise for you to use at home to deepen your connection with God and nourish your soul. Consider this your invitation to stop, breathe, and take a moment to meet with God at the end of a busy week. We hope you enjoy it.

We all, at some time or another, experience loss and grief. This may take the form of the death of a loved one, or it may simply be grief over something that was lost. Meeting Jesus in the garden can help us grieve well and give our pain over to Him. The following Weekly Breather exercise comes from our friend, Laura Beach, and her ministry with Equipping Lydia. For more information about this ministry, visit their website here.

In the Garden with Jesus

As you take long, deep breaths in and out:
Imagine yourself at the tomb of something that has died or been lost in your life.
Wait at the tomb.
Jesus approaches you.
Can you receive him?
Linger there in the garden with Jesus.
What does he say?
What does he do?
When you are able, pray out loud, journal, or draw this prayer experience.
Can you offer a prayer of response?

Scriptural Reflections:
Matthew 28


The vision of our team is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. We hope that this site is a means to connect resources with those who are in need of training and experience—including pastors, counselors or anyone caring for others.