Let the Words of My Mouth

God gives sleep

It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late,
    eating the bread of hard labor
    because God gives sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2, CEB

Many nights I lie awake, most nights. I have prayed, meditated, read books until they fall upon my chest, played calming sounds, left my phone in another room, applied all the wisdom of sleep hygiene, yet still I lie awake.

If you give sleep to those you love, Lord, well…

A home sleep study revealed the problem; since the doctor himself called to share the seriousness of the results, sleep has come even harder.

I stop breathing so many times.

I grew up praying,
“If I should die before I wake…”

Tonight I will lie down in the sleep lab, to discover how technology can help. I am anxious as I read the list sent ahead of time: what to bring, which hair products to avoid, what will happen tonight.

Please, O God, give sleep to one who loves you.

4 thoughts on “God gives sleep”

  1. It sounds scary, Martha. I am praying for you and holding your (other) hand in God’s love. May God give sleep to you, his beloved (NRSV). My best friend is currently doing a sleep study, based on lighting. I’ll share your verse with her, a verse I apparently have skipped right over my whole life. Thanks for opening my eyes to it.

    “It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late,
    eating the bread of hard labor
    because God gives sleep to those he loves.” ~ Psalm 127:2, CEB

    “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
    eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives sleep to his beloved.” ~ Psalm 127:2, NRSV

    “In vain you get up earlier, and put off going to bed,
    sweating to make a living,
    since it is he who provides for his beloved as they sleep.” ~ Psalm 127:2, NJV

    “In vain do you rise early and stay up late,
    you who toil for the bread you eat;
    He provides as much for His loved ones while they sleep.” ~ Psalm 127:2, TNK (Tanakh)

  2. Just read your post re; sleep. Remember vividly my sleep problem several years ago which lasted few years. Terrible side effects of problem as you well know. Mine was not due to sleep apnea so finally resolved with med for muscle pain, my problem. I hold you in my prayers that this gets resolved for you soon. Not sleeping results in so many aspects of ones lifeand places ordinary things in disarray.Love reading your posts, thank you and I hold you in my prayers. My prayer list is on the table beside the sofa.        Janet

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