I will lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Peace and safety 'til I wake,
This I pray for Jesus' sake. Amen.
This childhood prayer calls me back to a childlike faith that can set aside the events of the day and embrace a restful night of sleep. Tonight when I lie down to sleep I will remind myself to leave my cares with God and to welcome the peace and safety he offers both day and night.
If I carry my cares and worries with me and never lay them down, even to sleep, I will become less and less able to meet the challenges they represent. Worry is a form of self-destruction, while faith is a means of daily renewal.
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