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Evening is another traditional time to pray. And for good reason. Whether we know it or not, we review our day in the evening.

Usually it's an uneven picture, isn't it? There are good experiences. And there are hurts, disappointments, and failures. Evening is a natural time to review them all.

Unfortunately some of us lose evening's reflective opportunities by working day and night. We don't slow down. Or we become addicted to television (or the Internet). Trapped in someone else's world, we don't see our own. And so an opportunity for reflection goes unused.

A good time for dialogue with God

The evening is a good time for dialogue with God. For the end of the day quietly raises questions, though we may hardly be aware of them. "Have I accomplished anything?" we ask. " What have I done? There's so much still to do. Is it worth it?" we ask.

And sleep, the sister of death, reminds us that this life ends. What comes next?

The God of evening

The God of the evening is a wise counselor and confidant who, like a mother holding her child, calms our fears and offers us hope.

"O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty; I busy not myself with great things too sublime for me. Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me." (Psalm 131)

Like pilgrims after one day's journey, we stop to rest. And as we do, God promises life, not death.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's refuge, of whom should I be afraid? One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life." (Psalm 27)

The evening hours are a good time for prayer.


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