Evening is a good time for reflection. Days can be difficult and sometimes we do wrong. We work and create until it’s time to rest. In God’s Creation cycle, evening begins a new day. As it is written, “Evening came and then morning, the first day.” God rested in the evening and reflected on the works that were created.
Psalm 4 offers a beautiful form of evening prayer. The writer looks to God for comfort after a troubling day. Time is set aside for meditation and confession. There we find the glory of God’s loving face turned towards us.
Evening prayer closes the door on the day that has passed. It opens the door on a new day with rest for your soul. You go to bed in peace and sleep without fear, knowing that the Lord will keep you safe through the night. Try praying Psalm 4 this evening.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the centuries. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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