Goodnight, God

Dear God,

You’ve brought us through another day.  Your hand provided, your mercy comforted, and your sense of humor lightened the load.  Thank you for the blessings you richly give – love, peace, contentment, patience, humor, grace, and joy to name a few.  I’ve thought about you a lot today.  Everytime I whispered a prayer, I knew you heard it because your Presence was with me.

I can’t really explan it, but every time I needed you most, you were right there before I could even call to you! Quietly, calmly, tenderly working; the hand of the Potter on the clay.  Thank you for giving me the stamina and passion for the day. No matter what I had to do – I know you and me, we did it together.

Thank you for giving me wisdom and discernment to make big decisions today.  It was your steady presence that helped me remain steady.  When something near to my heart spontaneously brought me to tears, you were right there with your hand on my shoulder telling me you know, you see, you care about broken hearts, and you understand – when no one else does.  You let that moment not ruin the rest of my day.  Thank you.  When another familiar moment came that stings my heart, you were right there, Master Surgeon, soothing its pain and replacing suffering with deep contentment and peace for which I have no words.

For the times today that were rich in fellowship with friends and family – you let me deeply experience their love towards me – fully.  I am blessed beyond words with those you have brought into my life.  Our time together is water for my soul. Their love & friendship reminds me that they have my back – as do you.

You allowed me to see the kindness of strangers, twice today.  Both times brought me immense joy!  There is still good in the world, because it’s your world, God, and you are here about the business of it.

I have no idea how you did it, but you let me accomplish all that had to be done today in record time!  You made the work of two people, done by one, managable.  Thank you.

For the gift of today.  Your love.  Family.  Friends.  Good health.  Hard work.  Kindness of strangers.  Laughter and sharing with those who love me and I them.  Thank you.

You are good, God.  Not just for what you do, but for who you are.  We praise you because only you are God!  There is no other name greater.  All the time, you are good.

It’s night and the world it quiet – for just a little while.  We rest in your presence and in your peace.  Two things the world cannot take away.  You are everything to me.  If you choose to bless me with tomorrow, we will tackle the issues, savor the victories, and share every single moment in between together.  Not a breath do I dare take without you.  Nor would I want to.

You hold the plans. I hold your hand. And that is what sweet dreams are made of.

Goodnight, God.

Bedtime reading…

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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