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The Wake-Up Prayer

A family tradition that strengthened their faith

Wake Up Prayer

“His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”—Lamentations 3:22-23

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

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This was the little prayer that I taught my son Chris when he was four. He always said it before my goodnight kiss.

One morning I woke up to a sunshine-filled bedroom and I couldn’t help but wonder, Why isn’t there a prayer for waking up? Then and there I composed this one:

As I waken from my sleep,
This brand-new day of Yours I greet.
Safe You’ve kept me through the night
I’ll serve You now with all my might.

I taught Chris this new prayer of mine, and when our next son came along, I taught it to him, too. It became a family tradition, a way for all of us to greet the day in the same prayerful way that we end it.

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Hope Opens the Way - Spanish

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The title of this little eBook makes a big promise—but it should come as no surprise. After all, Jesus asked his followers to have faith, hope, and charity. But sometimes, life’s problems seem so hard that it isn’t easy to have hope. That’s why cultivating hope is essential to Christian faith. And in this FREE eBook, you’ll find spiritual direction based in Scripture to help you pull yourself out of depression and to find the hope in your heart. 

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