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.