Last night a barge passed by my house, though it was difficult to see, so deep was the darkness. The sound of its engine cut into my sleep, and I could almost feel the throbbing vibrations of the tug’s powerful engine. I stared into the night and finally spotted the outline moving slowly across the horizon, lights distinguishing shape. While I surrender to sleep, there is a ‘night world’ which moves in the darkness around me on land and sea. I wonder at its rhythms and patterns, so foreign to me. Perhaps someone on the ship watches the shoreline, seeing dim outlines of houses, scattered lights, silhouetted tree shapes. I ask you, God, to be with those who watch in the darkness, that their way be guided and made safe. I entrust them, those unknown watchers, into your hands. May they be alertly awake while I sleep. Amen.