NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 12/21

Beginning today with the winter solstice,
daylight lengthens by
2 minutes and 7 seconds
every day... 
It's too early to detect any difference, Lord,
but still, I'm grateful for even 
2 minutes and 7 seconds more light
from one day to another...

Grateful, yes, but I can't help but wonder
why the days lengthen so slowly, 
why so many things take so long,
why you move so slowly, Lord,
and why does it sometimes seem
you really don't move at all... 
Help me be patient, Lord,
with the slow pace of things
in nature,
in you
and in myself...
Help me notice and rejoice in
2 minutes and 7 seconds
more daylight today
than yesterday...
Help me trust, Lord, that you move
 just as slowly and just as fast
as your wisdom intends
and by your measure, not mine,
all shall be well,
yes, all shall be well,
all manner of things shall be well... 

And when I am slow, Lord,
    slow to trust,
    slow to learn,     
    slow to change,
give me patience with my efforts,
help me lean on your strength
and grow in your grace, if only
2 minutes,  7 seconds a day... 
And help me remember
that in your time, Lord, not mine
that all shall be well,
yes, all shall be well,
that all manner of things
shall be well... 
Protect me Lord while I'm awake
and watch over me as I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...


All Shall Be Well by Barbara Bridge

All shall be well.  All shall be well, 
and all manner of thing,*
all manner of thing shall be well.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help will come from God,
my creator, from God who made heaven and earth.

God will keep your feet from stumbling
and guard you as you rest;
for God never slumbers nor sleeps.
God is with you by day and by night.

For God will always guard you from evil
and keep your soul from harm;
and God will guard your coming and going,
both now and forever more.

*The refrain is a well known, much loved quote from 
Julian of Norwich who died in the early 15th century.
In the language of her time "All manner of thing" was
an acceptable figure of speech.  If, in our own time, 
you prefer to sing "things," go right ahead! 

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