Then Jesus came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’                            Matthew 26:40,41

This passage comes from the night of Jesus’ arrest.  Facing his arrest, trial, torture and execution, Jesus goes to a garden with his closest followers, to pray for strength and courage in what was to come.  His followers, tired and overwhelmed by the enormity of the forces arrayed against them, fell asleep. 

Faced with the overwhelming nature of the climate crisis it is easy to feel that there is nothing we can do, or that the little we can do is meaningless.  It is time for us all to wake up, to find our courage, and to do all we can to bear witness to the tragedy facing us.  For some it will involve action, for some prayer and witness; but for all of us there is a part to play.  Together, we can and must make a difference, for ourselves and for all those to come.

(Photo: Claire Bullion)