The Way We Sleep

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“Now I lay me down to sleep;”
“Now rest beneath night’s shadow…”
“Now the day is over,”
“Abide with me!”
“All praise to Thee my God this night…”

An opportunity to utilize the evening section of The Lutheran Hymnal is not the main purpose of  mid-week Lent and Advent services. Their use, however, supplies a refresher course in prayer. The simple petitions of these hymns return us to the simple trust of childhood. Childhood, the time in life when the requests are innocent, the pleas plain, the supplications straight up. The nights in life when instead of wrestling like Jacob, we sleep like David. These remind us childhood does not hold a monopoly on peaceful sleep.
“I will both lay me down and sleep in peace, for thou Lord only maketh me to dwell in safety.” Ps. 4:8

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