Under the RE Tree

July 16, 2020

Our LunchTime for All Ages is now every other week. Next week is an off week, then we’ll Zoom in on July 29th for a SPIRITUAL SCAVENGER HUNT!
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Here’s another plug for Virtual RE, because… HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW WEBSITE?!?! Sarah is working this week to deconstruct and reconstruct the whole site to have more functionality. RE activities will be a bit more click-able… once I’m done re-doing items for this new format. Stick with us and ENJOY! https://www.fplincoln.org/virtual-re/

Weekly Prayer for Bedtime – An old standard… refreshed?
(adapted – I have changed the address to Spirit to be gender inclusive)

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray to God my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray for God my soul to take.

WOW! That prayer got dark pretty fast! And I’m not sure going to sleep with that thought in my head is very soul nourishing. It’s the only one I remember from my childhood, and I’m sure it had a time and place; but it freaked me out! It’s one I was uncomfortable sharing with my children. Did you know that’s only the first verse of a “Child’s Bedtime Prayer” by Henry Johnstone? Here’s the rest…

Spirit, unto thee I pray,
Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in Thy sight,
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends, the whole world bless;
Help me to learn helpfulness;
Keep me ever in Thy sight;
So to all I say good night.

Now those are two verses I can get behind. Like many prayers, like many traditions, they each have a time and a place. Building on tradition, moving a beloved prayer forward a bit, making it relevant and accessible, I think that’s a good thing. On Sunday, we heard a version of Genesis 1:1 from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Children of God Storybook Bible” which sounds nothing like King James’ version… but no less poignant. It’s lovely and accessible and fresh.

For this bedtime prayer, you could omit the first verse entirely, or modify it slightly…

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray to God my soul to keep;
God’s love be with me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.

(Bonus: giving children something to memorize is brain building! Why not this long-ish prayer?)


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