Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the sun’s rays not to weep
or linger o’er our earthly aches
but whisper “peace” as stars awake.

Now to rest in awe of night,
to wonder as celestial heights
sing lullabies of mystery
that put our turbulence at ease.

And now to trust within our flesh
the kinship lived in every breath
with all of life — with every soul —
and with the One who makes us whole.

sunset over Lake Erie (Ohio, USA)

The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God, a popular Lenten devotional, and other books.

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