My holy reading sits on library bookshelves and in the hands of toddlers and babies. My body finds peace in watching my children sleep. My heart beats with joy in the stolen kisses and unexpected hugs. The days are no less holy than when I was serving a church as pastor. The days are no less sacred. The days are no less faithful.
Tonight we gathered as a family for soup and crackers at the church. The baby smiled at those who joined to eat.
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The toddler fed herself and passed the bowl of crackers. People greeted one another sharing about their days. Once we finished our soup I left with the kids before worship began. My only responsibility was to put the kids to bed.
We came home to go through our nightly bedtime routine. The water poured from the faucet as we brushed teeth and washed hands. As the water rushed out and splashed on the counter it was as if I could feel the sign of the cross being made on my forehead.
It was as if I could hear the words being spoken to me: You are a loved child of God. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Jesus, You are good and wise.
I will praise You when I rise. Jesus, hear this prayer I send. Bless my family and my friends.
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Jesus, help my eyes to see all the good You send to me. Jesus, help my ears to hear calls for help from far and near. Jesus, help my feet to go in the way that You will show. Jesus, help my hands to do all things loving, kind and true. Jesus, guard me through tomorrow in all I do and all I say.
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This is a great prayer for your child to start their day with. There is nothing better than getting your child in a mode where they are acknowledging Jesus first when they begin their day. It emphasizes love and concern for others.
Father, we thank thee for the night, And for the pleasant morning light; For rest and food and loving care, and all that makes the day so fair. This will help him understand and memorize easily. Savior Lay Thy Hand on Me. Savior, lay Thy hand on me, Bless me, and remember me. Oh Lord, support us all the day long, Until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, And the busy world is hushed.
Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, And a holy rest and peace at the last. Ah dearest Jesus, Holy Child, Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled, Within my heart, that it may be A quiet chamber kept for thee. Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.
If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. Father, unto thee I pray, Thou hast guarded me all day; Safe I am while in thy sight, Safely let me sleep tonight. Bless my friends, the whole world bless; Help me to learn helpfulness; Keep me every in thy sight; So to all I say good night. Jesus, Tender Shepherd.
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me: Bless Thy little child to-night; Through the darkness be Thou near me, Keep me safe till morning light. May my sins be all forgiven; Bless the friends I love so well; Take me, Lord, at last to heaven. Happy there with Thee to dwell. The Day is Done. Father, We Thank Thee.
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Father, we thank thee for the night, And for the pleasant morning light; For rest and food and loving care, And all that makes the day so fair. Help us to do the things we should, To be to others kind and good; In all we do, in work or play, To grow more loving every day. A Child's Evening Prayer.