Stay at Home Reverend: Morning Prayer from a Six Inch Sliver of the Parental Bed


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

I thank you, O Heavenly Father, that you have kept me from all evil and harm this night…and done so as well for the two children and two cats (indeed, everything in my home that has life and breath, this being the reason I refuse to get a dog) who have squirmed their way into my bed this night. And I pray that you will preserve me this day, from every ill and exhaustion, as I am weary from lack of sleep, due to the theft of my pillows, and the absence of covers and the in accessibility of my spouse, from whom I am separated by the contorted sleeping posture of a large two year old. Bring us all through the day in safety, and peace, that we may sleep well tonight in our own beds, and thus refreshed, wake to serve you tomorrow, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Loosely based on the morning prayer from Luther’s Small Catechism.

4 Responses to “Stay at Home Reverend: Morning Prayer from a Six Inch Sliver of the Parental Bed”

  1. Meika Says:

    King-size bed. Highly recommended. Also, an extra pillow next to the bed for the additional head that will inevitably be vying for pillow-space in the wee hours.

    That’s all I’ve got. The volume of caffeine I consume on a daily basis is ridiculous… and the toddler will NOT be sprung from her crib until my bed is a little less populated a little more regularly.

    Keep going on these… then publish them. I’d like this on my nightstand.

  2. Erica Says:

    We have a queen, which is all that will fit and what we can afford. And there are extra pillows. Abram is the master of pillow stealing though. The kid is the most determined co-sleeper I have ever met. Oh, well!

  3. Katherine Willis Pershey Says:

    Lawd, does this RESONATE.

  4. Susan Says:

    I would totally buy a book of these prayers.