Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

The words of a child’s prayer, most of us learned those words as our first prayer.  The prayer went something like this:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

If I die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I guess thinking back it seemed so simplistic.  Yet to me as a child it was a bit scary.  I found nothing comforting about that prayer.  Dying? Me?  Never ever would I do such a thing as die?  The Lord taking my soul?  Oh my goodness no; why would He want it and what would he do with it?    As far as I was concerned it could stop after the second phrase that was enough for me.  I will leave that dying stuff to someone else.

Today I can think in different terms.  I am thankful for a place to lie down.  And I realize that when morning comes I will be endowed with new mercies.  But, if for some reason, the Lord decides not to wake me, I know that to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)

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