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    Suellen's story is now in the Forum
    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Let Sleep Come
    --Lord, unwrinkle my tired soul...

    Midway down the page:
    --An interview with Rabbi Goldmark: The Vietnam years
    --A prayer by Baha'u'llah

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --A classic hymn
    --I trust You with tonight

          And the Last Word: From The Talmud


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If you desire an hour's happiness, take a nap.
If you desire a day's happiness, go fishing. If
you desire a month's happiness, get married.
If you desire a year's happiness, inherit a
fortune. If  you desire a lifetime's happiness,
help someone else.

Chinese proverb
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O my God, my Master, the Goal of my
desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to
sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and
to repose beneath the canopy of Thy
grace, imploring Thy care and Thy

I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye
that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes
from beholding aught beside Thee.
Strengthen, then, their vision that they
may discern Thy signs, and behold the
Horizon of Thy Revelation. Thou art He
before the revelations of Whose
omnipotence the quintessence of power
hath trembled.

No God is there but Thee, the Almighty,
the All-Subduing, the Unconditioned.

Baha'u'llah (1817-1892)
Persian prophet and founder of Baha'i faith
              Let Sleep Come

Now is the time to light the vesper candles of
the soul
for their flame shall illuminate this sacred
Now is the time to rest in the indigo blue
arms of the earth
for the earth shall support and embrace you.
Now is the time to dry the tears of the day
for the Spirit shall comfort and console you.
Now is the time to offer thanks for the
blessings of this day
for the Spirit shall receive and honor your
Now is the time to hear the lullaby of wind
over the land
for you shall be rocked in the soothing
of its rhythm.
Now is the time to close your eyes and let
sleep come
for the Spirit shall keep tender vigil through
the night.

Susan J. Erickson
From "Bedside Prayers" by June Cotner
Lord, unwrinkle my tired soul
unsnarl my garbled thought and words
unwind my gnarled nerves
and let me relax in Thee.

Marian Wright Edelman
From "Bedside Prayers" by June Cotner
Question: How did you wind up an Army Chaplain?

When I became a rabbi in 1969, I was given the option of becoming a chaplain, in
my case it turned out to be in Army, if I was not a conscientious objector. And I
wasn’t…so of my ordination class, a number of us went into the chaplaincy and
served for two years, because the Vietnam War was taking place.

By absolute chance, I was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. I went initially to
Chaplain School, which was in Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York. After two
months or so, my wife and I…we’d been married a year at this point, drove to
Fort Benning. As it turns out, Fort Benning was, and is, one of the major
headquarters for the United States Infantry. At the time, so many young Jewish
men were being drafted and sent to Vietnam, to the point that I can say to you
today, roughly 35 years after I left Fort Benning, that during the two years that I
served there, I counseled more Jewish men than I have in the sum total of the
35 years since. They were lined up at the door for me, day and night, because of
their fear of death and their fear of going to Vietnam. These were young men
who were at Fort Benning for basic training from major cities in the Northeast,
such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston and so on. And they were just ...
This is a continuation of my interview with Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark of Temple Beth Ohr in
La Mirada. Rabbi Goldmark is Executive Vice President of the Pacific Association of Reform
Rabbis. Today he speaks of his stint as an Army Chaplain during the Vietnam War.
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Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Henry Francis Lyte
And now, the Last Word:

Last night I dreamt
I walked across a stream
on a bridge of flowers.
Chains of daisies arched
bank to bank
and I stepped out on petals soft as flour,
hoping they would be
strong as flooring.

When I reached the far side I woke,
knowing You'd held my weight
as I walked over the border
between yesterday and tomorrow.

You carried me last night.
I trust you with tonight.

Evelyn Bence
From "Bedside Prayers" by June Cotner
The sun will set without your assistance.

The Talmud
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