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MY HELP comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 121:2-4

KEEP WATCH, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous—and all for your love's sake. Amen.
Attributed to Augustine, Book of Common Prayer

I AM PLACING my soul and my body in Thy safe keeping this night,
O God,
in Thy safe keeping, O Jesus Christ,
in Thy safe keeping, O Spirit of
perfect truth.
The Three who would defend my cause
by keeping me this night from harm.
Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Reading from the Northumbria Community

"HOW WAS YOUR DAY?" … A mother I know has a different way of asking the same question. As she tucks her children into bed each night, … she asks them a question: "Where did you meet God today?" And they tell her, one by one: A teacher helped me; there was a homeless person in the park; I saw a tree with lots of flowers in it. She tells them where she met God, too. Before the children drop off to sleep, the stuff of the day has become the substance of their prayer.
Dorothy C. Bass, Receiving the Day

VOLUNTARY SLEEP requires a confidence that life is cared for when our ego is asleep at the wheel. The more we believe that life is safe and real only when we're awake and guarding and acting, the harder it is for us to let go into sleep.
Tilden Edwards, Living Simply Through the Day

MAY [GOD] SUPPORT US all the day long, till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the ...

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