Most of us have heard the verse that’s known as a nighttime prayer:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul will keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
I personally find that one to be a bit morbid, and why instill in a child’s head the idea that they might die in their sleep?
Now I lay me down to sleep – an earlier version
What about the earlier version? This one appeared in print, written by Joseph Addison in an essay appearing in The Spectator on March 8, 1711.
When I lay me down to Sleep,
I recommend my self to His care;
when I awake, I give my self up to His Direction.
What about writing your own blessing for a child? What would you want to include in your blessing-prayer?
I think this is a good category to start with – the blessing. You want the best for that child, for them to be happy, protected, and to grow into a confident self.
What do you want for them, as they sleep? Protection, comfort, love, growth, rejuvenation.
What results do you want, as they awaken? Let’s stay away from the hyper-active craziness that can happen when a child awakens.. early on those mornings when you’d rather sleep in. What would you gift to that child? Peace, happiness, smiles, discovery, passion.
What about their path in life, that part of them that is bigger than that tiny body, longer than today, deeper than any thought.
“May your soul be inspired, supported by your divine guidance“.
Share your thoughts, what would you include when you write a blessing for a child?