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When my flesh is weak (Watching and praying)

Added 26th March 2019

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When my flesh is weak
and my heavy soul would sleep:
Saviour, keep me watching and praying.
When my eyes grow dim
and I'm fooled by the lures of sin:
Saviour, keep me watching and praying.

Jesus, would you come to me,
lead me through Gethsemane,
so my heart will always be with you.

When my fears abound
and my sorrows drag me down:
Saviour, keep me watching and praying.
When my spirit breaks
and my courage fades away:
Saviour, keep me watching and praying.

Jesus, would you come to me,
lead me through Gethsemane,
so my heart will always be with you.
Jesus, would you call my name,
fan these embers into flame,
so that I can rise and follow you.

I was inspired to write it when reflecting on the experience of the disciples in Gethsemane and their struggle to even stay awake without Jesus' help, at a time when they should have been 'watching and praying'.

I was really helped this time by participants in the 12 Song Challenge who fed back on my first draft, and members of our core writing team who helped to develop the song further. Thanks everyone - your input is invaluable!

I hope it might resonate with you as it has with me, especially in the build up to Easter. I think you could sing this anytime, but Maundy Thursday seems especially appropriate! 

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alison packer at 07:46 on 16th March 2020
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Fay Magee at 23:48 on 29th March 2019