NIGHT PRAYER: Friday 2/10

Night and day you watch over me, Lord:
    with your strong arm and your gentle touch 
    you hold me and care for me as your child,
    your own, your beloved...

Make me grateful for the day I've had, Lord,
    with all its ups and downs, its joys and sorrows,
and forgive the ways I've failed
    to be helpful, loving and honest... 

Help me fall fast asleep, Lord,
    trusting I'll find you at the foot of my bed,
    when dawn's light comes to wake me...

Bless my night with good rest, Lord,
    and fill my dreams with peace...

Comfort those who are restless tonight,
    worried and afraid for themselves
    and for the ones they love and care for...

Stand guard with all who serve and protect us,
    at home and abroad,
    and especially those in harm's way...

Be with those who staff our hospitals,
    our nursing homes and care facilities
and comfort the elderly, the sick and the dying,
    all who care for them...

And tonight, Lord, I pray especially for...
    (Here, name the people and the intentions
        especially in your heart tonight)
As a mother tucks her child in bed at night, Lord,
    tuck in all of us, around the world,
    warm and snug 'neath a blanket of your love...

Give me good rest so I'll rise in the morning
    refreshed and ready to live a new day 
    by the truth of your word, in your peace and love...

Protect us, Lord, while we're awake
    and watch over us as we sleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
    and asleep, rest in your peace...


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Psalm 33: In the silent hours of night
In the silent hours of night bless the Lord.

O come bless the Lord, all you who serve the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord through the night.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made both heaven and earth.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. 





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