Sweet Lord

I am drawn to writing prayers/blessings concerning the day’s end. I mean, what a vulnerable time to be lying in bed sleeping, trusting that everything will be alright. Kids sleeping down the hall. Everything quiet. Your brain is in deep sleep. You are seemingly at the mercy of any evil that may befall your home. But praise be to God, through Christ Jesus my Lord – He has my back (as it were). And so, I can say, “Good night, sweet Lord” and drift off to sleep in peace.

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Good night, sweet Lord, may I rest this night,
And wake tomorrow to the morning’s light.
In Your arms I am always alright.
Just You, sweet Lord, are my heart’s delight.

Good night, sweet Lord, protect me this night.
Surround me with love and keep me from fright.
For Satan does seek my soul to incite.
So oh, sweet Lord, please keep me in sight.

Good night, sweet Lord, please hold me so tight.
That I may feel Your strong holy might.
Your glory, oh Lord, I’m pleased to recite.
Good night, sweet Lord, my soul You excite.

Evening Peace

You gather me in as a hen sheltering her brood under her loving wings.
You protect my life as a brave and fierce guard taking his post on the city wall.
You watch over me as loyal shepherd keeping watch over his sheep for the hungry wolves.
You hold me close as a nursing mother longingly gazing at her sleeping child.
Oh God, I will sleep in peace this night for You are with me. I commend myself to You. I am Yours. Amen.

Evening Praise

As this day begins to wind down.
As this body begins its rest.
As this evening takes its hold,
I praise You, Lord, for I am blessed.
You gave me each and every breath.
You gave me each and every moment.
You filled my day with awe,
and I’m left to sit back and say, “ahhh…”
To see my children laugh.
To watch them joyfully play.
For each and every moment, Lord,
I praise you as I rest.
Amen.

In the Eve of the Day ~ An Evening Prayer

Father God,

In the eve of the day, as I think on You,
I remember the many mercies You showered on me.

In the eve of the day, as I think on You,
I remember the many memories You blessed me with.

In the eve of the day, as I think on You,
I remember the many moments with my wonderful family and friends.

In the eve of the day, as I think on You,
I remember the many times Your grace captivated me.

In the eve of the day, as I think on You; remembering, I worship and give you thanks.

And then,

in the eve of the day, as I think on You, I close my eyes and rest in Your peace.

Amen

Your Peace Is Here

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Oh Lord God,

at the break of day, your peace was there.

In my work,
in my play,
with my children,
with my wife,
with my friends,

Your peace was there.

In the midst of conversations, Your peace was there.
While pondering your will, Your peace was there.
Immersed in study, Your peace was there.
Pouring my heart out to You, Your peace was there.
Struggling with temptation, Your peace was there.
Grappling with decisions, Your peace was there.
Receiving a hug from my little girl, Your peace was there.
Melting while my little boy gazes into my eyes, Your peace was there.

All through my day; in all situations; through the ups and downs, Your peace was there.

And now…

Relaxing at home, Your peace is here.
Reflecting on my day, Your peace is here.
Remembering Your grace, Your peace is here.

Your peace was with me throughout this day and now Your presence overwhelms me as I prepare to commit my tired body to the vulnerable state of sleeping. And I am thankful for…

Your peace is here and Your presence is here and therefore…

I shall not fear.

In the name of Jesus Christ, my Prince of Peace I pray, Amen.
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May the Prince of Peace give you comfort and peace this night.
The Lord be with you all.

The Pastor -|—

Prom blessing

It’s prom in Jackson tonight and I felt lead to this scripture and stirred to pray for the kids:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. [Numbers 6:24-26]

Father God, I ask for your blessing upon the prom kids this night as You keep them in Your loving and safe hands.
Father God, I ask You to shine Your beautiful face upon them that they may reflect Your glory in their decisions.
Father God, I ask You to be gracious to them that they may be gracious and generous with the respect they show one another.
Father God, I ask You to lift Your countenance upon these kids that they may know Your love.
Father God, I ask You to give them peace and encourage them to remain faithful to You.

Holy God, may the evil one not get a foothold in their hearts and may the kids be granted wisdom in the things they can control but may Your strong hand guide them and protect them in the things they can’t control.

And lastly, Lord God Almighty, please grant all those parents out there Your peace as they wait for their beloved children to return home safely in their arms.

May Your holy will be done, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

The Pastor -|—

Give Thanks

As you prepare to retire at the end of a long day and entrust yourself to the grace of God, let’s take a moment to give thanks:

[1] Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever.
[2] Give thanks to the God of gods,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
[3] Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
(Psalm 136:1-3 ESV)

to Him who created this day,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
to Him who blessed you with breath,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
to Him who sustained your life,
for His steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever;

to Him to gave you his one and only son,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
that Jesus may die for the forgiveness of your sins,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
so that you may spend eternity with Him,
for His steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever;

to Him who gave His Holy Spirit,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
to lead you into all wisdom,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
and that you may know the truth of the Gospel,
for His steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever;

and to Him who keeps you safe and secure in His hands,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
who has defeated sin, death and the power of Satan,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
that you may not fear this world,
for His steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
for His steadfast love endures forever;

Holy God, awesome and mighty, abounding in steadfast love and mercy; I praise Your awesome name; for there is much to give You thanks for. You have guided me through this day, even in those moments when I did not acknowledge You. You showed faithfulness even when I was not faithful. And now I entrust my vulnerable life to You as I prepare to close my eyes and drift off to sleep. May I awake in the morning to a new day of grace, ready to glorify Your awesome name. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Good night world 🙂

The Pastor -|—