In the Word
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8).
Of the Word
As we close our eyes to rest our minds continue to race with thoughts of the day’s worries:
“If only I would hear the key in the door. I’d know my teenager is safely home. Until then, I can’t sleep.”
“If only I could take back those angry words! How will I face her tomorrow? Will she accept my apology? I can’t sleep.”
“If only I was certain I will be hired. The interview went well, but … I just can’t sleep.”
Troubles of the day often lead to sleepless nights. Could those long hours be used to pray, to reflect on God’s past mercies and future care? A beginning might be to pray with the psalmist, Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:4-5).
Peaceful sleep can come, knowing that our Father in heaven is lovingly watching over His children. … the Lord blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:11b).
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, when I am overcome by trouble and worry, help me to turn to You. Forgive my weakness. Calm my heart, ease my mind, and give me peaceful rest. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 9/30 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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