I write this after sleeping for twelve hours straight – because I needed it.
Maybe I’m coming down with something, or maybe my mind and body have been overwhelmed with the post-vacation pile on, or maybe the crises I’ve returned to help relieve are too heavy to handle. Or maybe it’s because I slept only 3-4 hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Does your pastor sleep well?
[Note: I’m not talking about “sleeping with the pastor.” Unless you are the spouse of the pastor, please do not do this.]
I’m talking about essential REM sleep, about healing dreams and waves of peace. I’m talking about the kind of sleep that started with your head on a rock and transitioned into a ladder to heaven.
Everyone’s different, but how are you sleeping, Pastor Friends?
- Do you discipline yourself to wake up early for Quiet Time at 5 am?
- Do you stay up long after midnight to process meetings?
- Do you involuntarily toss and turn most nights, worrying about congregational bullies or parishioners with tumors?
- Do you require 7-8 hours a night and take it?
A beloved parishioner once shared with me that – as she aged – she found it hard to sleep through the night, but she would stay in bed in the wee hours and pray for whomever popped into her mind. I’ve done this and it’s interesting as I’ve prayed for former church members, cousins I haven’t seen in a while, the random cashier I met last week.
I’ve also read that if we can’t sleep, we should get out of bed and do something productive which – in common wisdom – will make us bleary-eyed so that we will eventually get some shut-eye. Does this really work?
Sleep is a glorious gift and necessity. How are you sleeping? And why/how?
Image is Pope Benedict XVI who needed his sleep as much as anyone.