Candle Walk: A Bedtime Prayer to God

Candle Walk: A Bedtime Prayer to God

by Karin Holsinger Sherman


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• A child’s introduction to Compline
• Share the beauty of nature and bedtime prayer with a special child

In this bedtime book, join in a candlelit wander through the woods, listening attentively to the river, trees, stars, and moths singing verses from scripture. This beautifully illustrated picture book invites families to enter into a calm, contemplative quieting-down based on a centuries-old practice of evening prayer from the Christian liturgical tradition. Like the beloved Office of Compline, the book helps children “complete” their day and prepare for sleep, fulfilling a hunger for a bedtime prayer that is not simply intercessory, but offers an opportunity to practice listening and contemplation. Appropriate for toddlers and school-children alike, Candle Walk is a wonder-ful way to prepare children for sleep, assured of the nearness of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640651326
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/17/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 390,510
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Karin Holsinger Sherman holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality and a Certificate of Spiritual Direction. She has worked in environmental education and advocacy, and in the broad field of children’s ministry. Her love for the monastic liturgy of the hours, children’s spirituality and nature education, writing, and art inspired her to create this book. She is currently employed in her most important work as a mother of two young children.

Read an Excerpt


The stars are waking, one sleepy light at a time.

I pull on my muddied boots and light my little lantern.

The day is finished, and it is time for our candle walk. We peek into the darkness, and I take a deep breath.

In the deep of twilight my eyes take their rest, and I remember how to listen.

Then I know that all the world is singing its Compline, its bedtime prayer to God.

Rustle rustle Whoosh and whisper

The leaves sing as they fall.

"I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety."

Creak creak, dance the trees.

Our eyes are closed as we remember our day.

Did God move through our branches today? Or did God's breath feel far away?

Did someone seek the shelter of our shade? Is there something that made us sorry?

Creak creak, we hum and dance, and our sorries drift away on the wind.

"To whit to whoo whoo whoooo!" sings my friend the owl.

"He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers ... You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day . ..."


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