We actually managed to make it to church tonight despite The Precious deciding at the last moment that she was hungry after all, and I am so glad that we did. The service was beautiful, and a prayer near the end really caught my attention. I want to share it in case you are unfamiliar with it, as we were.
Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done.
What has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world
and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us, and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities.
In your name we pray. Amen
Sentence of the Day:
Blessing, light, and glory surround us
and scatter the darkness of the long and lonely night.
These words were found in A New Zealand Prayer Book, He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearna according to the little paper we were given for the service. I want to learn them for all of the dark nights to come. I think this prayer would also be beautiful on a sampler. What do you think?