(You might pray this three or four times, slowly,
letting the words become your own...)
Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still
in your presence, O God...
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done.
Let it be...
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world
and of our own lives
rest in you, O Lord...
The night is quiet, Lord.
Let the quiet of your peace enfold us,
all who are dear to us,
and all who have no peace...
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities...
In your name, O Lord, we pray...
(from A New Zealand Prayer Book)
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