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Evening Prayer

Lord for the day that is closing and the night that is coming – thank you for the gift of these and your presence and protection. As I look back over this day, I confess I have not loved you with my whole heart, I have not loved my neighbor as myself – Lord have mercy, forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness and lead me in the way that is everlasting. Father, fill me with your peace and joy as your grace carries me through the rest of this evening and night stretching out before me – I rest in you. Lord, may I embrace the love you offer and reflect on all the good things you have brought my way. You are the Giver of all good gifts and in you do I rest. Lord, help those who do not know you to not let sleep catch them before they come to a saving knowledge of you by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. May all of us who are, by your grace, in Christ Jesus seek to end this day dying to ourselves and committed to living fully for you – all in.

May the watches of the night be such as to provide encouragement and peace as you guard and keep each of us through this night and into the new day tomorrow if that be your will and if not, then meet you at the gate as you welcome me / us into your presence for all time and eternity. Making this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen

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