Monday, February 18, 2008

A night prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the gentle moon and joyful stars,
and watch over the darkest night.
You are the source of all peace,
reconciling the whole universe to the Father.
You are the source of all rest,
calming troubled hearts,
and bringing sleep to weary bodies.
You are the sweetness that fills our mind with quiet joy,
and can turn the worst nightmares into dreams of heaven.
May I dream of your sweetness,
rest in your arms,
be at one with your Father,
and be comforted in the knowledge
that you always watch over me.

Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536), with many thanks to Jane R.

(Yes, I know it's first thing in the morning now. You can just keep it till tonight, can't you? I simply couldn't resist posting it immediately...)


Fran said...

I just read it too- it is lovely, isn't it?

It is too good to hold for later posting!

Jan said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for this evening prayer. I'd borrow or steal it, but these computers at the retreat center don't "copy" and paste.

Diane M. Roth said...

that's a great prayer. and I don't feel bad about reading it, even if he was one of the great enemies of Luther.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful prayer. Thank you.

Kelly Joyce Neff said...

yea Eramsus! He was the one who said 'bidden or unbidden God is present' - Jung just co-opted it