Dear Sabbath Seekers,
On St. Patrick’s Day my 5 year-old granddaughter’s librarian told her Kindergarten class that if they didn’t wear something green to bed that leprechauns would pinch them all night long! Needless to say I am not too impressed with this teacher and as you can imagine a 5-year-old took this very literally. She was panicked by bed time trying to find something green that would cover her and protect her from the pinching little green men.
Eventually, she found a green blanket and slept under it all night. In the morning, her mom asked her how she slept and she replied, “Good, no pinches but I was sure hot!”
Children often go to be fearing monsters under their beds or in their closets. They want or need a light on in order to go to sleep feeling secure in the dark. And, fortunately, there are a number of a very savvy parents out there who understand this need for their children to feel safe in their beds.
Prayer is a way to wrap ourselves in the safety and security of God’s arms especially at night. Children are not the only ones who have trouble not seeing the demons in the dark. Adults lay awake night after night with visions of worries, disasters, to do lists, resentments, and should have’s dancing in their heads. Let’s face it they are the equivalent of pinching leprechauns.
When we participate in regular Sabbath Moments getting to know God more clearly, nearly and dearly, we also can more easily let go of our demons and rest in God’s arms at night more comfortably, happily and freely.
This week concentrate on praying to God in a way that opens you up to your fears and then turn them over to God. See if you don’t sleep better as a result…without a green blanket that keeps you hot all night!
“…he who watches you over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121.3-4