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Good nights

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Judging by the number of products on the market, such as adjustable beds, getting a good night's sleep is something a lot of people value. Sleeplessness has made for some great comedy sketches, but in real life it's no joke.

I know. I suffered from insomnia. Night after night, I'd go to bed drowsy, but then wake up - completely. My pillow got rearranged so often, I'm surprised that the feathers didn't all come flying out in protest.

During that time, I came across a newspaper article that said people literally wear themselves out during occasional sleepless times by worrying about not being able to sleep; this, instead of simply accepting the fact they could at least be peacefully resting during those sleepless hours.

That was interesting. The Bible says, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest" (Ex. 33:14). There's a lot to be said for rest.

Jesus used to go up in the mountains and pray all night. Most of us couldn't claim a schedule like his - walking from town to town, village to village, in constant demand for teaching and healing. Add to that the fact that his enemies were watching him closely.

Perhaps those all-night prayer vigils where he talked with God were what gave him the refreshment, peace, energy, inspiration, and direction that his schedule denied him.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper, wrote, "The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 218). God is Truth. God is Love. So this leads us right back to being conscious of God's presence, as it's promised in that Exodus passage.

There are different ways to seek God. Feeling gratitude is one. When my grandson was small, his mother asked him at bedtime to share his favorite thing that had happened during the day. Often it was time spent with a playmate or an adult. It's not a bad idea to recall the good things that we have noticed during the day. Just suppose that the focus on good is the foundation for "sleeping like a baby." It's impossible to be disturbed and grateful at the same time, so composing a "gratitude list" makes sense.

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