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When my kids were young their mother and I wanted to get them started early with their relationship with God and Christ Jesus. We thought of the “Now I lay me down to sleep…” but we didn’t like the part about dying and soul taking. It may have had power and comfort when the child mortality rate was high but in our day the needs are different. So we changed and over time added to it.


            Now I lay me down to sleep

            I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

            Stay with me til I awake

            And all bad dreams your grace forsake.

            God bless Mommy and Daddy, brother(s)/sister(s) and me;

            God bless Grandma and Grandpa (last name)and MeMa and Pap-Pap (last name);

            And God bless (other close family members), and all our family everywhere.


We thank you for today…and all the fun we had….and all the things we learned.

            We thank you most of all for baby Jesus, who loves us & teaches us how to be good.

Please help us all to have a good night tonight, sleep tight, have sweet dreams,

            And to wake up strong & happy & healthy to have another wonderful day with you.

            In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.