Saturday, April 6, 2013

Until the Shadows Lengthen

a beautiful desert sunset as seen from the front courtyard of my retreat house 



We don't get all the many clouds out here in the desert, but when we do we are always assured of a magnificent sunset. Such was the case last evening and I wanted to share this picture on today's blog.

From time to time I have posted a variety of prayers from various religious traditions. Last evening as I sat and watched the skies glow red in the sunset, I was reminded of a beautiful evening prayer (actually it's a prayer that can be very appropriate morning or evening.)

This prayer was written by John Henry Newman and it comes out of the Christian tradition,  but you certainly don't have to be a Christian in order to appreciate it. 

O Lord, support us all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, Lord
in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last

Amen!

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