30th April

Sleep

The Lord gives sleep to his loved ones. Psalm 127: 2

Celtic Christians allow God to permeate every area of life, even the hidden or unconscious areas. Since one third of our lives is likely to be spent in sleep, it is important to invite God into our sleeping hours.

I lie down this night with God
And God will lie down with me
I lie down this night with Christ
And Christ will lie down with me
I lie down this night with the Spirit
And the Spirit will lie down with me.
The Three of my love will be lying down with me.
I shall not lie down with sin
Nor shall sin or sin’s shadow lie down with me
I lie down this night with God
And God will lie down with me.
Carmina Gadelica

Sleep, sleep, and away with sorrow
Sleep in the arms of Jesus
Sleep in the breast of virgin mother
Sleep in the calm of all calm
Sleep in the love of all loves
Sleep in the Lord of life eternal.
Carmina Gadelica – adapted.

May the blessing of the Son
help you do what must be done.
May the Spirit stroke your brow
as weary down to sleep you go.
May the Father mark your rest
empower you for tomorrow’s test,
May the Trinity rekindle
the pure flames of your life’s candle.
Ramon Beeching

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