Prayer before Bedtime


Jesus, our Mother, see:

we scrubbed our faces,

washed behind our ears,

brushed our teeth.

We pulled our jammies on,

the ones with feet.

It is time for bed.

Please read us a story.

Sing us to sleep.

Watch while we drift.

Bend down to hear

our even breathing

and kiss us on the head.

Turn off the light.

But do not tiptoe out.

Do not close the door.

Do not leave us to dream alone;

for not all dreams are sweet,

not every bed is snug,

not every child sleeps through the night.

If we should need a drink,

a whisper in our ear,

a soft “There, There”

for our whimpering hearts,

if we should need another lullaby,

O Christ, be near