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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 30, 2022

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Psalm 131:3 But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother’s breast; my soul is quieted within me.

Every now and then, I wake up in the middle of the night, struck with a shapeless anxiety that makes it hard to return to sleep. Sometimes counting sheep or saying the Song of Simeon to myself is enough to pacify my mind, but not always.

When the worries are more stubborn, I make productive use of the time by praying the Litany of Intercessions in the Night from Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book. This litany, a few pages long, turns the attention of my soul to those who are also awake: parents with sleepless infants, bus drivers, journalists, people in bars, and many others.

I trust in the power of prayer, but I have no way of knowing what God does in the lives of those named in the litany. What I do know is that when I turn away from my own worries and toward the cares of others for a time, God quiets my mind and stills my soul.

MOVING FORWARD:Do you have a prayer book on your nightstand for these times of sleeplessness? Consider adding one and use bookmarks or ribbons to note special prayers.

PRAY for the Diocese of West Malaysia (South East Asia)

Ps 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135 | Numbers 23:11-26 | Romans 8:1-11 | Matthew 22:1-14



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