(Disclaimer: This is not written for that cannot sleep for medical reasons. I could write a very long blog on that. Shout out to all RLS night walkers.)
SLEEP - A word which either makes you take a deep breath and relax or a word that --
This morning the news said Americans are not getting enough sleep. We are going to bed too late and getting up too early. The trouble is, when we don’t have enough sleep our bodies just do not want to make it through the day.
Oh, how good a 20 minute nap feels. Or we reach for an energy drink. Or we just force ourselves to stay awake. Work suffers. Things get put off until tomorrow. Nerves are frayed. Tension is high. Words are said and cannot be taken back. All because we wanted to:
- Watch the last of the ball game
- Finish a book
- Play one more game of Angry Birds
- Answer emails
- Twit. Tweeter. Whatever the latest fad.
- Put one more stitch in the quilt
- Eat a late night snack
- Watch a shoot-um-up
- Watch the news
Right before we go to bed we do all sorts of things that get our minds whirling. Then we cannot figure out why we don’t just drift off into peaceful slumber. Why the sandman didn’t make us a dream. (Old song.)
Well, duh! Right before bed -- we need to
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 4:8
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Right before bed we need to dwell in the safety of peace that only God can give us.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you get a good night of restful sleep? How often? What do you do right before you go to sleep? Do you go to bed upset because your team didn’t win? Because the news left you mad? Because the book didn’t end the way you wanted it to? Because …
LET US PRAY (Please use this as a beginning of your prayer. Finish in your own words, words from your heart.)
O Lord, May I dwell in the safety, You alone give. For when I dwell in Your safety, I will lie down and sleep in peace. … Amen