Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sunday Reflections

I will lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Psalm 4:8

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.

This post is linked with Spiritual Sundays


  1. Beautiful, simple words to remind us to let go and let God carry us. Thank you for a childhood memory tonight. God bless.

  2. This is so true! When we lay our worries down at the feet of Jesus, God wraps us in His blanket of peace...and tucks us in for the night. He is a loving Father!

  3. Casting our cares on Him...this is about the third time today I've heard this. Could the Lord be telling me something? LOL.

  4. Great post, but our prayer used different words. I have never heard this version.

  5. He does give peace...amazing peace. I like the pic of the little girl and dog kneeling in prayer. So cute.

  6. What a great reminder! I need to remember to do this tonight.

  7. So true--thanks for sharing this; love the picture too.

  8. Very beautiful and touching, the prayer I prayed with my children and will now pray with my new grandbaby girl. Blessings to you dear one.

  9. Thank-you for this wonderful reminder.
    God Bless,

  10. Sometimes the simplest prayers bring about the most peace.

  11. Great post! It's true; when we live life God's way, He gives us an incredible peace and sweet, restful sleep.


  12. i have to say Amen! thanks for the reminder and have a wonderful week!

  13. Sitting with my children as they said their prayers at night is a special memory for me. They talked so openly to God in a way that I often felt I could not. Our faith, or at least mine, was made stronger by experiencing theirs.

    I enjoyed your pictures of the recent snow. A couple of your pictures looked very much like mine, except the cozy picture of the town. Out little town, outside of Atlanta, is about a 1/2 a block long with maybe 7 businesses. We enjoyed the snow, but I am glad that the roads are now clear. We do still have snow in our yard - over a week later, who would have thought it!

    The little rocking chair looks so different painted white and with the pretty little cushion. I am sure your granddaughter was delighted - her very own chair.

  14. I learned this prayer as a child also. I haven't said it exactly this way in many years. Thank you for the reminder.

  15. Love your post. Isn't that a great time of day, when you lay in bed and start thanking God for a good day? Peaceful. I did a post a few weeks ago about living your life with contentment. It's so's not in our hands :) Have a great day!


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