Reflections on Easter

A. Roger Ekirch in his book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, tells us that insomnia for our great-great grandparents, was in fact, expected and even welcomed. 

Ekirch reveals that generations of people, before the advent of streetlights and light bulbs, grew older with the expectation of what he calls “segmented sleep.” There was “first sleep” that took place between bedtime and about midnight and then a “second sleep” that lasted until dawn. In between people would get up in the middle of night, tend to the fire, have a smoke or a drink, read, or (here is the point!) used that time for prayer. In fact, many of the prayer books of the 15th century include prayers for the period between “first and second sleep.“

The upside of this segmented sleep was that people had “built in” quiet time each night to reflect upon the previous day. Rather than lamenting the loss of sleep (as we do), our ancestors found the middle of the night a fruitful time for spiritual renewal in prayer.

I don’t wish insomnia on any of you! BUT I do wish on every one of you a “built in quiet time” each night, in which you too can reflect on the previous day in the context of your faith. The Christian faith that offers us inner peace through the forgiveness of sins and the promise of everlasting life.

Observe Easter by intentionally do the following each night before you sleep:

1.  Claim some quiet time for yourself in which you reflect on the previous day allowing the Word of God have the final say in how you assess your day.

2.  Process all that day has wrought by applying Jesus’ Easter Greeting to the day’s events: “Do not be afraid.” Direct those words toward your worries!

3.  Take rest in Jesus’ words of guided peace as you repeat them over and again until you fall asleep.  

Let THE SON wake you in the morning…

Enjoy an Easter-blessed day!”

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