Lenten reflection on scripture — for insomniacs

Psalm 4:8 (OK a bunch of others, too)

Not melatonin,
not diphenhydramine HCI,
yoga breathing,
clear conscience, meditation,
or writing my worries in a journal,
safe for the morning …

but you alone, O God,
cause me to lie down
and sleep in peace. 

Of course,
I have to lie down, let go,
put my head on the pillow
like Jesus in the boat
with dark clouds bearing down
in spite of pissing off
whoever in my life
plays the role of a bailing disciple
and my personal suspicion
I’m the only one
who can do miracles.

Of course,
I have to lie down again,
after the bathroom, glass of water,
getting pain under control,
child’s nightmare,
hours of memories.
intercessions,
plans, regrets, grievings,
and trust the One who
neither slumbers nor sleeps
to teach me
to nap
(not everything is Gethsemane).

Of course,
I can trust God (you can, too)
to wake me up
a Samuel-minimum of three times
when I’m really needed,
so I’m not going to miss,
not going to miss,
not going to miss
that desperately important …

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2 Responses to Lenten reflection on scripture — for insomniacs

  1. rezrevres says:

    Anyone who’s ever been a parent will resonate with this poem. Well said.

  2. marge dahle says:

    This writer a poet/minister here in NH – all manner of poetry from around the world comes in under Gifts of Open Hands i have participated( a few yrs ago ) But, now just take a look at some of what comes thru this struck me funny!

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