In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)
For the next few moments, I pray for people as they reflect upon their day. May these questions help them to process their thoughts, as they prepare for their bedtime:
What was life-giving about today?
May they rejoice over the small things that brought them pleasure, the things that made them smile, and the good conversations throughout their day. Hopefully they have also enjoyed times of laughter, moments of solitude, times to relax, and little delights to show them they are greatly loved, highly valued, and always remembered.
What brought grief or sorrow today?
May the Holy Spirit comfort them with any struggle they encountered, any pain they experienced, and any difficulty that seemed overwhelming. Allow Jesus to remove any yokes of burden, speak peace over any form of hostility, and bring ease of rest to the body, soul, and spirit of each individual who is needing His care.
As they begin to rest, may they fall into a deep and satisfying sleep. Let your perfect love remove all fear, your peace dispel any worry, and your comfort soothe their soul. Bring your protection to remove any disturbances, your quietness to displace any restlessness, and your fresh air to help them to sleep well.
May each person be blessed with your loving thoughts, your kind words, and your endless joy. Give them good dreams, remove any lingering stress, and allow them to fall safely asleep in your loving arms. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.