I woke up more than sixteen hours ago. I had a pretty full day — 50 minutes of walking, 45 minutes of Pilates, some housework, some cooking, some laundry, a chiropractor appointment, several cups of tea, work on a jigsaw puzzle, and guests for dinner and chatting.
A very full day, actually. So why, at 1:00AM, am I awake? Good question.
I can’t figure it out myself. The rest of the house if bedded down, including the dog, and I am wide awake. Is there something unsettling on my mind? Not that I know of. Did I drink too much caffeine? Not really.
But regardless of the reason, I am up. A pastor-friend once said that if you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, you might be prompted to pray. Perhaps God has you awake for such a time as this — to intercede for someone in your life. To stand in the gap.
Do I know anyone in need of prayer? Do I know anyone who is not in need of prayer?
So, here I am lifting you up — my friends who tonight supported my daughter, my friends who last night loved on my other daughter, my son who volunteered to work on Christmas Eve so other soldiers could attend worship services, my parents who instilled in me my faithfulness to God and worship, my siblings who kept me humble, my husband who is willing to go along with whatever crazy ideas I come up with, my daughters who are two of my closest friends, our son and his wife who are waiting on the the birth of their first child, …
And for you, too, those of you who are hurting because you have lost someone dear, those of you who are lonely this Christmas, those of you who are ill, or injured, or angry.
And for you, too, those of you who are celebrating, and excited, and scared, and confused.
I lift you up, because that’s the best thing I can do for you. He’s holding you in the palm of His hand already, but if I nudge you up a little closer, you’ll be right inside His gaze. He already knows you and sees you, but if you are that close, the light of His presence will touch you, and you will be changed.
That’s why I lift you up tonight. And, having lifted you up, I will now try to sleep in peace, because God makes us all dwell in safety.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.