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night prayer


So many times we can almost feel too tired to pray before sleep, yet just a short prayer can draw us into a good place for rest. As we pray we allow God to "hold" and "keep" things for us - our worries or hopes, our sadness or joys.
Celtic Cross
There are many things that we process as we sleep. It is known that the body carries out essential repairs, that our minds do the critical work of sorting and processing our experiences, and our emotions can find solace in sleep. Praying is a little like making a bed. Our prayers soften the place to lie and rest, they cover us with warmth and love and hold us when we are alone.


moonlit evening across fields

moonlit evening across fields

O Lord, I long to find true rest


O Lord, I long to find true rest and so I come to you,
As I lay down I need you near to hold me all night through.
Please help my mind to wind right down and guide my dreams to heal.
O Lord, restore my tired limbs. Help me to find peace here.

As I close my eyes to sleep, come help me to trust in you.
And all the loved ones I hold dear, that you would hold them too.
O Lord, the night time flies so fast, may I be blessed with time.
And sleep that is deep and peaceful, a heavenly dreamtime.

So as I crawl into bed tonight, I rest within your care.
And trust that you'll be beside me, you hear my every prayer.


(a contemporary rhyming night prayer poem from www.prayerscapes.com)



Goodnight Prayer for Loved Ones

Heavenly Father,

Please hold these I love as they sleep. Bless them with peace that surpasses understanding, sow in them hope that can not be put out, grow in them dreams and visions for their future and protect them with your unconditional love.

Amen.


night time prayer

A prayer for bedtime that reminds us of God's protection and renewing work within us. Featuring images of the sun setting over the sea of Galilee.


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Night Time

(the prayer poem in the film above)

As the darkness draws in, you are the light in my heart
As the air turns colder, you are the warmth in my soul
As the stars are revealed, you renew my spirit
As the moon shines, I know I am held safe in your arms.

(prayer courtesy www.living-prayers.com)

pink celtic frame



celtic frame
Short Night Prayer Before Going to Sleep

Everlasting Lord,

Thank you for all the good gifts you give to us. May I dwell in this goodness as I sleep, and awake tomorrow with love, faith and hope for a new day.

Amen.


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