Four corners round my bed, four angels round my head. One to watch, two to pray, and one to chase bad things away.
Some may be familiar with this childhood prayer, but I didn’t discover it until I was in my 60s. I believe angels watch over us, and, at times, their job is to protect us from physical harm, and, at other times, it is to protect us from mental harm. I especially like having two angels to pray on my behalf. Many times we don’t know what to say in prayer, but our angels do. They speak the words that are in our hearts, but they also pray for our highest and best — things that we may forget to ask for.
The last angel’s duty is to chase bad things away. These bad things might include physical things, but they also include bad thoughts such as negative thinking, bitterness, and even hatred. In other words, thoughts that are not about love and forgiveness. Whether or not we believe in four angels surrounding our beds at night, this simple prayer can bring comfort, strength, and guidance.
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