Night prayer


Home again, home again. We went out to breakfast this morning to mark the end of the vacation, and the words of this prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book came to mind while we were talking about some of the ongoing concerns that didn’t solve themselves while we were away.

The words that stand out for me just now at any time of day: “What has been done has been done: what has not been done has not been done; let it be.”

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.

The photo is Sebago Lake, ME. We aren’t there any more, but I know I’ll be processing pictures for some time to come, so don’t be surprised if it seems I’m hopping all over the northeast.

Sunset at Sebago Lake, Maine.