Life- it is really tough sometimes. Just found out a niece is very ill – has a long way to go to get better.
Then Grace came home and when I told her we need to remember her cousin in our prayers, she said and yeah, we need to pray for Amber who I work with too. She has cancer and she just found out.
At times for me written prayers help settle my soul. There is comfort to me in knowing that down through the ages people before me have called out with these same words to my God who is always here, always has been even when things are difficult.
From the Compline for Saturday of the Northumbria Community
In the name of the King of life;
in the name of the Christ of love;
in the name of the Holy Spirit:
the Triune of my strength.
I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer.
My God is my rock
in whom I take refuge.
I will praise the Lord who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because He is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.
I am placing my soul and my body
under Thy guarding this night, O Christ.
May Thy cross this night be shielding me.
Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O Lord, the God of Truth.
The God of life with guarding hold you;
the loving Christ with guarding fold you;
the Holy Spirit, guarding, mould you;
each night of life to aid, enfold you;
each day and night of life uphold you.
May God shield me;
may God fill me;
may God keep me;
may God watch me;
may God bring me this night
to the nearness of His love.
The peace of the Father of joy,
the peace of the Christ of hope,
the peace of the Spirit of grace,
the peace of all peace
be mine this night
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.