Awake in the Night

Keeping watch with Christ seems to be my lot in these early hours of the morning. I always rejoice despite my sleepiness when I hear these words of Night Prayer:

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.
Lord, give our bodies restful sleep
and let the work we have done today
bear fruit in eternal life.

The blessing puts all things in perspective:

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.
– Amen.