Sleep

In particular, I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep, which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right. A Morning Resolve, Forward Day By Day

Sleep is the letting go of the day, with everything that it held and everything that it didn’t. We swim in waters far deeper and more mysterious than the pool of our conscious mind when we close our eyes and dream. Clock time loses its hold on us, and gravity can’t hold us on the ground. God and the angels come to us in sleep – perhaps because it’s so much easier for us to recognize and embrace the holy there.

Why is it that we’re so willing to deprive ourselves of sleep and our chance to walk with God just to check an extra item off our to do lists?

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Johnna

I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

4 thoughts on “Sleep”

  1. What a beautiful, peaceful image! I never thought of sleep in that way. Thank you once again, Johnna, for your wisdom and inspiring way with words.

  2. Thank you Johnna. Sleep is a lovely thing we all do or try to do.
    I can hear my mother’s voice! She would often say: “I can’t wait to go in my bed!”, looking forward to her peaceful sleep.

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