A Liturgy for Those Falling Asleep
Meet me, O Lord, as I close my eyes,
ready to exchange toil for rest,
noise for quiet,
exhaustion for restoration.
The troubles of my heart have multiplied,
but I lay each one at the feet of the One
who never slumbers.
O God of Refuge, you are greater than my
and caffeinated veins
and unchecked lists
and regrets from a day in which I feel I did nothing great for you.
I do not earn my sleep, but rather receive it like a child
from you, Abba, who calls me Beloved.
The predictability of sleep falters now,
but I rest in the One who is the same yesterday, tonight, and forever.
Remind me, O Christ, that you will finish what I have left undone.
I lay under the starry hosts that you call by name,
and trust that when I awake, I am still with you.
O Great Shepherd, thank you for leading this worn body
beside quiet waters,
for asking me to cease striving.
Tonight, lead me in the way everlasting,
so when I awake, I can love my neighbors
and serve your world
and rested love.
Each of these liturgies was prayerfully written based on the promises of God in Scripture. We’ve listed them below with links, for those who wish to study further.
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