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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)

TITLE: I Lay Me Down in Peace, and Sleep
By Catrina Bradley


I flip the lightswitch, plunging the bathroom into darkness. Im careful not to make a sound as I ease the door open, My bare feet scuffle blindly, silently, across the bedroom carpet until my toes find the dogs bed. I bend down and whisper loving nighty-nights to her as I stroke her silky fur.

My Jesus, You are the Light of Love, ever shining in the darkness. Even when I cant see You, I can reach out in confidence to touch You, knowing You are there.

Warm and drowsy from the bath, I let the silky robe fall to the floor and I slip between the freshly laundered sheets. The cool, smooth cotton is a soothing balm to my flushed, damp skin. Musk and Sandlewood fill my nostrils; the heady scents of bath oil permeate my senses.

Jesus, You are my cool refreshment, soothing me when I fall into You. I breathe You in; Your perfume fills me.

I inch upward until my heavy head finds the hollow in the pillow. The tension in my neck is eased. Tendons and sinew unwind, my shoulders relax, vertebrae align.

Jesus, when I submit to You, when I align my will with Yours, we are in harmony; we are one.

I snuggle down into the pillowy mattress. It conforms to my curves, creating a nest for my tired body. My limbs start to loosen. My muscles begin to unknot.

I melt into You, Jesus; You contain me. I am being molded into Your image, and it is Heavenly.

I fumble for the blanket, pull it up to my neck, then around my ears. Not quite warm enough, I grope for the quilt, find it at the foot of the bed, and add its comforting weight. Like a cat, I luxuriously arch my back, straighten my knees; my bare legs glide between the layers of satiny smooth cotton. I sigh in contentment.

Jesus, You are my covering. Without You, I would be exposed and ashamed, cold and lost; but in You, I am safe and warm.

I roll onto my side, and one foot snakes across the expanse of the king-sized bed until it encounters his warmth on the sheets. My ever-cold toes are in ecstasy. Just a bit farther, and it brushes his calf. I relish the simple touch.

Jesus, You caress me from within, You warm me, You are an ember burning brightly in me.

All sounds, save for his snores, are extinguished by the white-noise of the fan. I try to clear my mind of the inner cacophony resounding in the silence. I concentrate on Him.

Be still, and know that I am God. *

The whirlwind of thoughts in my head does not cease, but it fades in the shadow of His presence

I am secure. I am at peace. As I talk with God, I drift off to sleep.

Jesus, You are my rest.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

*Psalm 46:10

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Joanne Sher 09/20/07
Beautiful - I love the description followed by the prayer. This was so relaxing for me to read. Just lovely.
Leigh MacKelvey09/20/07
I want to go to bed like that! My "senses were permeated" by your words and descriptions. Loved the prayers that coincided with the MC's thoughts.
Dee Yoder 09/22/07
This is wonderful and peaceful. What a lovely way to go to sleep each night. I love the message sentences inserted between the descritpion of the ordinary act of going to bed.
Janice Cartwright09/23/07
Likewise I found this descriptive -- not so visual as the scene is one of darkness -- but all other senses are involved in a calming rather than excitable way, appropriate for the topic.
Sharlyn Guthrie09/24/07
This one goes in my favorites. I think I will read it next time I have trouble falling asleep. I'm feeling very realxed right now! Oh, and I love the spiritual applications of each nighttime routine.
Joy Faire Stewart09/24/07
Love the imagery and soothing calm that radiates from your writing...beautiful!
Loren T. Lowery09/25/07
It hard to count the number of times I have used this very same scripture to calm and comfort me. What you have written is absolutely beautiful and is one of my favorites for the peace and solace its words and message bring. Great job.
Sheri Gordon09/25/07
This is wonderful. You have me so relaxed, I need to go take a nap. :)

I love the way you parallel your conversation with Jesus and your deliberate steps of settling into bed.

Great job.
Kristen Hester09/26/07
I should not have read this right now...when I am taking a quick break in the middle of cleaning house. Now I can't wait for bedtime. I think I will read this again tonight.

Your entry is not about calm, it IS calm. Great job on the topic. I had thought about writing a "Calgon take me away" type story. Yours is so much better with the prayers.

God bless.
Loren T. Lowery09/27/07
Way to go on your placing - it is so well-deserved on the fine piece of writing - Loren
Sheri Gordon09/27/07
Congratulations on your EC. This is one of my favorites.
Beth LaBuff 09/27/07
Congratulations Catrina! Wonderful writing!
Carol Shaffron09/28/07
Can we even begin to imagine what glories await us as we become more and more Like HIM?
Lisa Holloway09/28/07
This piece is the essence of calm--probably why it is a winner. :) Nice job filling the senses and the soul.
LauraLee Shaw10/06/07
Well, you just saved me a LOT of money on a massage! You have ministered to those of us in desperate need of His calming presence with this work of art. Truly captivating....
Seema Bagai 05/07/09
Adding this to my favorites. Will read it when I need to fall asleep (like right now).