Keep watch with those who work this night

One of my favorite collects from evensong is this one: “Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.”

It’s a good reminder that our daily lives depend on the work of many whom we’ll never see. It’s also a good reminder that much of life passes outside our vision. There is a lot of working, weeping, suffering, and shielding that few know about. Here’s one real example of some late night working while others sleep. So much of this is simple — not easy — work, but work without which much of our society would not function.

To all those who are headed off to work as I head off to sleep, thank you. I’ll pray for you.

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