Lord, unwrinkled my tired soul
unsnarl my garbled thoughts and words
unwind my gnarled nerves
and let me relax in Thee.
~Marian Wright Edelman, Bedside Prayers
Lately, many people I talk with tell me they cannot sleep.
Thank heavens, I rarely have that problem.
When I was working, there’d be nights when my mind would not shift gears and slow down. I’d find myself re-hashing and replaying different scenarios from that day or the day before–some nights there’d be scenes from many years prior intertwining and mixing into the current featured attraction. When that started happening, I knew I was in for a very long night.
Luckily, I’ve made peace with most of that. I couldn’t help but wonder if I could find something to share that’d help those struggling now.
I’ve been reading my little book of bedside prayers. I enjoy this book a lot. It’s certainly a precious little find and quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Today I found two prayers I think my help ease some of the restless minds out there.
The first prayer introduced today’s story and the second follows.
Now is the time to light the vesper candles of the soul
for their flame shall illuminate this sacred place.
Now is the time to rest in the indigo blue arms of the earth
for the earth shall support and embrace you.
Now is the time to dry the tears of the day
for the Spirit shall comfort and console you.
Now is the time to offer thanks for the blessings of this day
for the Spirit shall receive and honor your graciousness.
Now is the time to hear the lullaby of wind over the land
for you shall be rocked in the soothing of its rhythm.
Now is the time to close your eyes and let sleep come
for the Spirit shall keep tender vigil through the night.
~Susan J. Erickson, Bedside Prayers
As someone shared with me earlier today–may angels rest upon your pillow.
As someone shared with me earlier today–may angels rest on your pillow.
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