Keep Them Safe and Stay with Me

Weary at the end of day
Thoughts slow down
And shoulders ache
Let down my hair
Fluff my pillow
Close my eyes
And pray
LORD thank you for today
And for tomorrow
I cast my care
Keep them safe
And stay with me

By Carol Ann Hoel © March 26, 2011


Psalm 127:1-2 – The Bible – Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

Psalm 55:22 – The Bible – Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 11:28-30 – The Bible – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Note: It’s a Malayan Sun Bear – Sleeping (Microsoft Clip Art)

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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22 Responses to Keep Them Safe and Stay with Me

  1. JoDee Luna says:

    I feel like that little bear after a full day of teaching. I’m tired and barely hanging 0n.


    • I did 34 years Miami Dade 11th grade Am Hist. Inner city, drug, crime, low income, minority, dysfunctional families. Hang in there. Depending what your state’s retirement protocol is, I think more than 20 years is way beyond burnout time. Perhaps have alternatives prepared after 20. Teaching is a lay ministry and part of the Lord’s work as well as a life well spent.


      • Thank you, Carl, for joining in the conversation to encourage JoDee in her teaching. How commendable that you spent 34 years in Miami Dade 11th grade American History. I’m sure your quick wit and knowledge blessed a lot of students over the years.


    • Thank you, JoDee, for stopping by and for your comment. I’m sure teaching takes a lot out of you. It’s quite a responsibility. I’m know you enjoy it, and I see your teaching spirit on your blog. I know your are a blessing to your class.


  2. theonlycin says:

    Sleep tight, peaceful dreams. xxx


  3. trisha says:

    amen! i add my prayers with yours. thanks carol for sharing it with us.
    have a lovely sunday.


  4. Matt 11: 28-30 gives comfort. Just have to be reminded because I know it is true.


  5. flyinggma says:

    Blessings Carol. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am so thankful for every new day. New energy after some sleep. New opportunites await after each sunrise.


    • Thank you for stopping, Jeanne, and for your comment. We really appreciate rest when we are tired. Knowing that our energies will be renewed the next morning is comforting, also. Blessings to you…


  6. pattisj says:

    I think all of us can identify with that bone-tired feeling. Isn’t it amazing how a night of rest can make such a difference in how we feel? I’m glad I don’t have to sleep in a tree, though!


  7. Patricia says:

    Beautiful prayer.


  8. jannatwrites says:

    Lovely prayer – the perfect thing to read just before I go to bed tonight. Thanks for sharing it 🙂


  9. planejaner says:

    the very (short) length of the poem also calls out “end of the day, and weary”–
    lovely…and how wonderful we can cast our cares upon our Great God.


    • Yes, Jane, how wonderful we can cast our cares upon Him. You are right about how tired I was on the night I wrote this verse. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. Blessings to you…


  10. Jamie Dedes says:

    Peace, Carol Ann. Delightful, statisfying visit here today. Blessings …


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