Community in Action "Psalms of comfort" April 4, 2020

So how are well are you sleeping? It seems lately wake time, 5:00 am, which is way to early for me, has come more often. Typically it is one of the cats asking to be let outside, which I have learned to tolerate. Sometimes that wake time is because of cares or concerns I have on my mind or heart, or both. Other times I can’t think of a single reason I should be awake, nor can I think of a single reason why I shouldn’t be able to go back to sleep.

    Yet there are times when sleep eludes me. I try thinking calming thoughts, or praying for everyone I can think of, or just praying to go back to sleep. Sometimes I wonder if there is someone in the universe who needs a special prayer right now because of some tragedy in their life or some harrowing experience. Of course I also recall my day to see if perhaps I had that caffeine beverage a bit too late in the day to wear off before the night begins. For some reason when I have too much caffeine I don’t have trouble going to sleep I have trouble staying asleep.

    I know my body needs rest and I know my mind needs to slow down, but if I can’t get to sleep I will finally get up, and read or go for a walk or putter around the house. I know that this sleeplessness will not last. I know that the next evening my body will be ready for bed a bit earlier.

    So I am thankful when I get a good night’s sleep. I am thankful when I wake up in the morning. And I am thankful when the peace of God, which passes all understanding, surrounds me and I am content.

    Psalm 23, Psalm 46, and Psalm 121 are Psalms I read to remind myself that the world doesn’t have to be on my shoulders. Those concerns I have will be taken care of eventually by the most powerful God there is. That same God longs for me to trust and rest in him.

    So my prayer for you today is that you will experience some time today a sense of God’s loving embrace and you will know that God will take care of you.

    Blessings,

    Pastor Randy     

 
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