Three Prayerful Pauses Upon Waking God, sometimes I struggle to sleep in the morning. Sometimes I jump right out of bed. Sometimes I sleep peacefully, relishing in a time of rest. And other times, I awake with a headache, feeling groggy, and unready to meet the day. Today, I awake and pause, regardless of how I have arrived at this point. I pause, breathe in and say thanks for another day and this gift of life. Midday God, as I go about my day, may I grow ever more aware Of your Spirit of Goodness weaving its way through My life and the world beyond it. Before Sleeping As I prepare to go to sleep, O God, I give thanks for the special moments of the day. May they be for me a bedtime blessing to hold throughout the night; And may they motivate me in the morning, To give thanks and to seek again.