A few years ago my son and I moved into a bigger house which meant that he would get to have his own bedroom for the first time in his life. Although I dreaded the procedure of having to take my son back and forth from my bedroom to his, when he would try to get into bed with me, I knew that he was at the age when it needed to be done.
Eventually my son did click onto the joy of sleeping by himself. A joy that I discovered once my four siblings left home and I had a bed to myself for the first time in my life.
That first night- I finally had the entire bed to myself- I fluffed my pillow, made sure that my sheet and comforter was securely tucked in, made sure that the alarm clock was set, and slipped under the covers for, what I thought would be a peaceful night sleep. But no matter how hard I tried, how many times I’d tossed and turned to find the special dent in my mattress, I could not fall asleep. The above became a nightly ritual until one night I realized, with much shock, that I was afraid of the dark.
Being in desperate need of a good night sleep I turned to a passage in Psalms that I used to create a night time prayer for my son and I.
Psalm 4:8 says: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord; make me dwell in safety.”
This passage lead me to create a prayer that my son and I pray together each night. It goes: “Lord, thank you for this day. Surround us with the kind of safety that we can only get from you. Bless us with a peaceful night sleep and peaceful dreams. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
Even today it sometimes still amazes me that a prayer I created to help my son fall asleep still gives me enough peace of mind to help me not be afraid of the dark.
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