Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, August 6, 2015
We Pray to Rest in Peace
I am blessed. I mean, particularly blessed. I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood. I have few interruptions to my sleep. (That is, other than a garbage truck that comes down my alley twice a week, shortly after seven o’clock in the morning. But, those are First World problems.)
I noticed that one of the last petitions of Evening Prayer was this: “Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.“ I notice that some people have difficulty in getting to sleep, falling asleep, remaining asleep, or something similar. As prophesied. (Check out the accompanying bulletin.)
I know that in countless places around the world, people have lots going on when and where they live. That means, when and where they fall asleep, too. That also means disturbed sleep, not to mention frightened people. Neighborhoods that are downright dangerous, not to mention unpleasant to traverse.
Just think: countless people are afraid of where they live, because of the possible danger and damage that might quickly spiral out of control. Sometimes that danger might be young toughs walking the streets. Or, young soldiers walking the streets. Any time, day or night.
My heart breaks for those who are frightened, even traumatized, this night. Dear Lord, gracious God, come alongside of all those who are afraid of internal upset. Comfort all those who are fearful to show their faces outside of where they live. And Lord, I offer special prayers for all of those who live out in the open;.who have no homes. Please, God, we pray earnestly. Hear our prayers! Amen, and alleluia.
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