Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 7p

Before I sleep, O God, I seek the brightness of your presence as you live in everlasting light. As my limbs grow heavy and my spirit begins to flag, I commit my soul to the One who never tires. As I lie down to sleep, I cast myself upon your tireless care. Now, when I lie helpless, I rely upon your love and eternal watch.

Before I sleep, O God, help me to review this day’s doings in the light of your eternity.
I remember with bitterness the duties I have shirked.
I remember with sorrow the hard words I have spoken.
I remember with shame the unworthy thoughts I have entertained.
Use these memories, O God, to save me, and then forever blot them out.
I remember with gladness the beauties of the world today.
I remember with sweetness the deeds of kindness I have seen done by others today.
I remember with thankfulness the work you have enabled me to do and the truth you have enabled me to learn today.
Use these memories, O God, to humble me, and let them live forever in my soul.
Before I sleep, I take time to rejoice in the loves and friendships that, through you, have blessed my life. I rejoice in the dear memories of those who stand now in the great cloud of witnesses around your throne; knowing that, though they have passed into mystery, they have not passed beyond your love and care. I rejoice in my loved ones, whom I entrust to your keeping through the hours of darkness. And for all who have nowhere to lay their heads tonight or who, though lying down, cannot sleep for pain or for anxiety, I crave your compassion in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons