New Living Translation (NLT)
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
In the Dark
The lights go out and I’m alone
Or at least I hope it’s true,
Then suddenly I hear a sound
And I don’t know what to do,
Petrified, I barely move,
My heartbeat races fast,
My parents’ room is down the hall
But the distance seems so vast,
My little brother, Timmy
Still sleeps beside their bed,
I wish that he was in this room
And I was him instead,
My father’s arms are big and strong
He could probably kill a bear,
In my mother’s arms it’s soft and warm
And how I wish that I was there,
A rustle then is heard somewhere
And I hide amid the sheets,
It might be some big monster
And I wonder what it eats,
With a flash the lights come on
And my mother’s caress I feel,
“We forgot to have you say your prayers”
“Would you say them as I kneel?”
“Five little angels ‘round my bed”
“One at the foot”
“One at the head”
“One to watch”
“One to pray”
“And one to take my fears away” *
“Now go to sleep, my little man”
“The morning will be here soon”
And with a kiss the lights went out,
And I feel asleep watching the moon.
©2018 by William Pierce
* “Five Little Angels” is a bedtime prayer that I have heard of for a long time, but have never been able to find out who authored it. Please know that this portion of my post was not written by me. If anyone knows who wrote this I will be glad to give them proper credit.
Your mighty arms protect. Your gentle touch soothes and comforts. May we all find ourselves perpetually in Your embrace.