Prayer for the Night

Be a bright flame before me, Oh God, a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me, tonight, and forever.
Alone with none but you, my God I journey on my way; what need I fear when you are near, Oh Lord of night and day?
More secure am I when in your hand than if a multitude did round me stand.

Columba of Iona (521 – 597)

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