at day's end

     At day’s end, I have an important choice to make: will I carry the day’s excitements and anxieties into the night, or will I leave them behind? Choosing to leave them behind takes practice, and sometimes I have to choose over and over again during the same night. Slowly, though, my nights are becoming a place and time for inward recollection--the gathering back together again of all the scattered parts of me--so that I can remember what I often forget during the hubbub of daytime: God is with me, so I am very safe.

“Gracious God, I seek Thy presence at the close of another day, beseeching Thee to create a little pool of heavenly peace within my heart ere I lie down to sleep. Let all the day’s excitements and anxieties now give place to a time of inward recollection, as I wait upon Thee and meditate upon Thy love.” John Baillie

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8