Friday, October 13, 2006

As the sun goes down, a singer and a song to bring Friday to a close

Day is Done

Day is done, but love unfailing
dwells ever here
Shadows fall, but hope, prevailing,
calms every fear.
God, our Father, none forsaking,
take our hearts of Love's own making
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking,
be always near.


Dusk descends, but light unending
shines through our night
You are with us, ever lending
new strength to sight
One in love, your truth confessing
one in hope of heaven's blessing
May we see, in love's possessing
love's endless light!

Eyes will close, but you unsleeping
watch by our side
Death may come, in love's safekeeping
still we abide
God of love, all evil quelling
sin forgiving, fear dispelling
Stay with us, our hearts indwelling
this eventide.

As this day of penance and recollection- recollecting what Christ did for us on the Cross- ends, let us to turn the Scripture, specifically to St. James' Letter, chapter 4, verses 7-10: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you."

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