You're usually supposed to pray Compline right before you go to sleep; I still have some "miles to go," to quote Robert Frost. I'm finishing up a final for my Philosophy of History course, and I need to write about 2 problems that postmodern historians have with modern historiography. Tonight, this morning, I am praying Psalm 31, verses 1 - 6, as a way to rest in my work and continue the work of sanctifying time that our brothers and sisters in other places and communities do through daily prayer:
In you, o Lord, I take refuge.
Let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, set me free,
hear me and speedily resuce me.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a might stronghold to save me,
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
For your name's sake, lead me and guide me.
Release me from the snares they have hidden
for you are my refuge, Lord.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
It is you who will redeem me, Lord.
May the Lord bless us, keep us from all harm, and lead us to everlasting life.