FROM OUR MINISTER'S SOAPBOX
The following is from an article by Paul Bane www.mindfulchristianitytoday.com
When you toss and turn at night feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, know I am
the ruler over the darkness. As countless uninvited guests disrupt your sleep, do not be afraid. At night, the enemy is not temptation but the helpless feeling of being left alone in the silence to calm your fears. Be still and listen for the sound of hope.
In the darkness, I am sovereign over both light and dark . I am the one who fills heaven and earth and holds the world together. In the dark, there is no need to feel isolated and alone. Let me help you befriend the night and recognize my presence that permeates everything with resurrection hope.
As the darkness surrounds you, in the silent hours of the night, let your soul abide in my
love. Remember, I created the day and night with purpose. In the quiet moments, do not be afraid, and know that I am there encouraging you. Cast and release all your cares upon me and let your body rest and enjoy your bed tonight.
Prayer: Lord, help me lie down and rest in you. I release my fears and anxiety, focusing my eyes upon your kingdom. As I breathe, may your breath be my breath as I cast my worries upon you. As I inhale, I live in your loving-kindness for me. As I exhale, I release the thoughts troubling my soul. With each breath, I pray you to comfort me with your eternal presence in the darkness.
Scripture: Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:12 NIV “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24 NIV Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV