Saturday, December 15, 2012

Keep watch

There is a prayer in the service of Compline (bedtime prayers) in the Book of Common Prayer.  It is one of the prayers I used to pray with my children while putting them to bed.  I still say it when putting myself to bed, particularly when a whole host of tragedy seems to have taken charge.  Here is the prayer:

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.


And my prayer:

Keep watch, dear Lord,
Every time we are reminded:
Grief and loss and tragedy prevail.

Keep watch, dear Lord,
When the ground heaves and swells
And we
Heave and swell
With it.

Keep watch
When skies open up,
Raindrops pour down
Like oh so many tears.

Keep watch
Keep watch
Oh please
Keep watching
When blows to the safety
Of those we love,
Blows to the safety
Of those we have yet
To love
Rain down.

Keep watch while we aim
To catch our breath,
And then
To know
What*s next.

1 comment:

  1. You tapped perhaps my favorite prayer in the BCP. And, yes:
    "Keep watch
    Keep watch
    Oh please
    Keep watching..."

    My response not so poetic:
    http://didheridetoday.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-world-is-what-it-is.html

    Thank you,
    ~Keith

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