Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from Compline, Book of Common Prayer
Your Presence, merciful God, is with me tonight.
Your Presence is with those whose lives met my own today,
Those who were in need and I could offer help,
Those who reached out to me when I was the one in need.
Those for whom I could offer nothing,
Those whose need is known to You alone.
We are so wearied by the changes and chances of this life:
Health that we cannot guarantee;
Safety that eludes us;
The ebb and flow of relationships;
The insecurities of the unknown.
Your Presence, changeless and eternal, is beyond what I can know
But as alive as the still, small voice that knows me to my core.
I rest tonight, not with a firm hold on tomorrow
but in the eternal now:
that home in the quiet hours of this night
where my spirit rests in you.
These words are the prayer my soul breathes tonight.