Restless and unable to sleep,
my heart so aware of needs,
I began praying over
the things weighing on me.
Finally I arose, got a drink,
and slipped outside
to pray in the dark warmth
of the summer night.
With the gentle rhythm of the glider
my insides began calming,
when suddenly I was startled
by the silence-breaking song of a bird.
Joy and gratitude welled up inside
as I listened to this little creature
warbling and chirping and singing
his cheerful, multifarious birdsong.
How like God to come and sing
and be my cheering companion;
to remind me of his sweet presence
in the quiet of my lonely night watch.
"The Lord will send his faithful love by day;
his song will be with me in the night -
a prayer to the God of my life."