R., from Providence, R.I., commented:

"I will turn 70 in December. This was on a brass plaque above my brother's bed:

Now I lay me down to sleep.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

When in the morning light I wake,

Help me the path of love to take,

and keep the same for Thy dear sake.


I received this from G. in West Islip, Long Island, N.Y.:

"We didn't say, 'If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take' because we knew that Jesus was already right there watching over and protecting us every minute of the day and night and He would never let go of us. On the other hand, we did need to worry about what we would do tomorrow to be the kind of people He wanted us to be and live the kind of life he wanted us to live in order to thank Him for loving us so much, and so that's why we prayed this way:

Now I lay me down to sleep.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

In the morning, when I wake,

Make me good for Jesus' sake.

God bless Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa and all my aunts and uncles in heaven, and my little brother, and all my cousins, and the homeless man who came to our church service this morning, and Fr. Tom Hartman and Rabbi Gellman. Amen."

Thank you, G., and Tommy thanks you, too!

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