Prayer for the Close of the Day

We reflected on the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer last Sunday. His ministry was a witness to Koinonia. Near the end of his life, Bonhoeffer wrote this prayer:

O Lord my God, I thank you that you have brought this day to its close. I thank you that you give rest to body and soul. Your hand has been over me, guarding me and preserving me. Forgive my feeble faith and all the wrong I have done this day, and help me to forgive all who have wronged me. Grant that I may sleep in peace beneath your care, and defend me from the temptations of darkness. Into your hands I commend my loved ones, I commend this household. I commend my body and soul.  O God, may your name be praised.  Amen.

-adapted from United Methodist Hymnal #689 by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We encourage you to pray these words this week at the close of each day.


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