As a child, my parents always said evening prayers with me and my sister. The same prayer every night. As my children were small, we did the same. Said the same prayer as I had said as a child.
I am 45 years old and I still say this prayer each night. It’s how I start my conversation with Him. Each and every night.
As my daughter got older and smarter, she realized as long as she kept praying, I would stay next to her and she could stay up later….we ended up getting her a “Prayer Book” so she could jot down everyone who needed prayer and she could hold it or touch it when we said our prayers.
Prayer works. Having faith in something bigger than you helps. I don’t care what religion you are, faith gets you through. Celebrate your faith. In every day and in every moment…float on faith.
So, this prayer, I find comfort in it. I remember kneeling, locking my fingers and saying these words…I may not kneel any longer (I’m old with bad knees) but I think everyone needs a moment…let me share this one…
“Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep…if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul He take…”
At this point, specifics begin…
God Bless…my children, my wife, my mother, sister, niece, my family. Protect them and keep them safe. Keep them in your loving embrace. Show them your path and help the, find joy.
God Bless…my friends, my family of choice. Let them never know a moment of doubt of my love and my loyalty. Keep them safe in your embrace and let them feel joy.
God Bless…the faithless. Let them know peace and love. Fill their hearts, fill their souls. Give them enough they may share with others.
God Bless…the hurt, the broken and the lost. Please give them strength and faith. Show them their path and guide them back to it.
God Bless…the ones inflicting pain. Let them see the error of their ways and give them forgiveness. Show them a better way.
God Bless…the doubters. Give them a life full of faith. Faith that we all are bound to each other by a heartbeat.
As evening falls, I count my blessings. I remember moments of joy in the day. I remember how my friends and family have shaped my life and I am grateful everyday for each of them.
I look forward to the next day, as I wake to new experiences that will changed me forevermore. I look forward to the new me each day.
Thank you for being part of the change. Never forget that you are always in my thoughts….and my life is better for each of you are in it.