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작성자: Sr.Columban 등록일: 2017-07-17 22:55:57 댓글: '0' ,  조회 수: '73'

EVEN  WHEN  WE  CANNOT  SLEEP


     There are  numerous reasons  why sleep eludes us. We cannot do much about many of them. But sometimes unwanted wakefulness is caused by anxious thoughts, worry, or guilt. It is then that the example of David in Psalm 4 can help. He called out to God, asking for mercy and for God to hear his prayer.  "Answer me when I pray, O God, my defender! When I was in trouble, you helped me. Be kind to me now and hear my prayer" (Psalm 4:1).


     He also reminded himself that the Lord does hear him when he calls on the Lord. "Remember that the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own, and he hears me when I call to him"  (Psalm 4:3).


     David encourages us. "Tremble with fear and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds"  (Psalm 4:4).


     Focusing our minds on the goodness, mercy, and love of God for His world, our loved ones, and ourselves can aid us in trusting the Lord. "Offer the right sacrifices to the Lord, and put your trust in him" (Psalm 4:5).


     The Lord desires to help us set aside our worries about finding solutions to our problems and place our trust in Him to work things out.

     He can put "gladness" in our hearts.  "But the joy that you have given me is more than they will ever have with all their grain and wine"  (Psalm 4:7).


     "When I lie down, I go  to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe"  (Psalm 4:8).


Lord, a spirit of peace, I ask you to give me,

In the midst of the storms and the tempests that roll in life,

That I may find rest and quiet within,

A calm buried deep in my soul.  AMEN.


Even when we cannot sleep, God can give us rest.