“They went to a place called Gethsemane; and Jesus said
to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took with him
Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed
and agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved,
even to death; remain here & keep awake.'” (Mark 14:32-34)

Stay here, you said.
Stay here with me.
Watch and pray.
How hard it is to stay, to remain in the face of an unpleasant and implacable purpose.
Easier to move away, to move on.
Easier to let them go and not be involved.
Easier to rely on a miracle.

Be with all those feeling impotent, all those in turmoil and facing deep distress.
May they find a companionship even within a dark loneliness.
May they remain in your love.


(dark skies over Iona. Photo taken Sept 2011)