Psss.. lean forward a little bit. Everyone is asleep, so we can’t talk too loud. Many of you night owls like me may still be up, but some of you early birds may be reading this before 7:00am. God bless you. I’ve always enjoyed being up early enough to see the sunrise, but I only do it if I’m going fishing. 99% of the time I stay up late and get up when I have to, which is usually when my boys are screaming in the living room or jumping in my bed.
I’ve always stayed up late as long as I could get away with it. Back when I had a bedtime, I would lay in my bed staring at the ceiling while my mind raced full throttle sorting the events of the day and the problems of the world. I love the night. It’s sooo quiet. I love silence. I crave it.
Most of my late night hours are whittled away watching television and surfing the net. Sometimes I read a book. Sometimes I do all three, and there’s always a snack involved. I get hungry after 11:00am. My favorite late night food is a bowl of cereal, cookies and milk, or ice cream, oh, and alcohol. I usually don’t drink straight spirits or mixers until after everyone else is asleep. Drinking makes me sleepy. For the nights when I’m stressed to the max or pacing over tomorrow I’ve found melatonin to be helpful in knocking me out.
Almost every night that I’m home, I watch the Evening Mass on the Catholic network EWTN that ends at midnight. It just ended. It’s a private personal ritual, at least till now. It’s very peaceful and helps me to find my center in a way that’s hard to explain. The music is often ethereal. I don’t let theology or doctrine ruin it for me.
Often after watching a movie I get very contemplative and philosophical, so I’ll blog, like I am tonight, or I’ll read a book before I close my eyes. Usually, I’ll read and pray the Evening Prayers and Complines from Celtic Daily Prayer.
Tonight I thought I’d share a few moments of the most sacred time in my day with you. I’m off to get a bowl of cereal to end my day but hoped that you might share these prayers with me:
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those
who watch for the morning,
more than those
who watch for the morning.
I will lie down and sleep in peace
for You alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep,
in every place where they are.
Be it on Thine own beloved arm,
O God of grace,
that I in peace shall waken.
The peace of all peace
be mine this night
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.