Saturday, July 26, 2008

prayer and sleep

When I most need sleep is when I have the hardest time going to bed. I'm so tired that I can't make myself go to bed. I tell myself that I could if only I didn't have to brush my teeth, floss my teeth, wash my contacts, take out my hair stuff, change into a nightie, and nurse the babies one more time - if I could just fall into bed - but I think it's more that when I'm very tired I'm convinced that unless I have fun right now, I'm never going to have fun again. Tomorrow's going to be another day of hard work, so unless I spend an hour reading right now, I'm never going to get a chance to sit down and read again.

But there's no real fun after a certain state of sleep deprivation, and I really should just go to bed.

And prayer is similar. If I don't take the opportunity right now to read blogs while my coffee is hot, I'm never going to get another chance to read and drink coffee at the same time. Why waste the coffee on Morning Prayer?

(Gosh, I feel awful just typing that out. Confessing in actual words does make you see your sins more clearly.)

But it's not true. My body needs sleep to function. My heart needs prayer to function.

Prayer is many, many things, but at the very least, it is necessary to virtue.

And virtue is necessary to any sort of good life.

I need prayer. I need sleep.

I want fun.

There is no true fun without prayer and sleep. Because there is no true health without prayer and sleep. There is no true fun when I am heartsick.

That's muddled, and not thought-through entirely, but I wanted to get it out so I could ponder it more.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Ranee said...

I needed this post. We have been lax about doing our family Morning Prayer this summer, between the end of the school year and my pregnant exhaustion and then having Yasmina, it hasn't happened. Our little daughter, who is only four years old has been asking me, in a way that tells me she doesn't approve, why we haven't done it. I need to get back to it.

Kathy said...

There is a podcast of morning prayer that you might find helpful...I get it on my ipod and and listen to it while I walk or pull weeds out in the yard or sort and fold laundry. Sometimes having something mindless to do with my hands actually helps me focus my thoughts better. I can imagine with twin babies, your time is at a premium.

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I've been convicted of this recently, too. I think it is a good example of how Satan twists good things: yes, quiet time without kids is good but not when I'm exhausted and ought to be sleeping; yes, reading is good but not when I ought to be praying!

Ruthie said...

Okay, perfect timing, just as I was avoiding bed by reading blogs. Going to bed - JOYFULLY! THanks, Jessica!