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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 17, 2011 - Don’t Waste Those Sleepless Nights

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Oh those sleepless nights! We stare into the darkness, twist the sheets and reshape the pillow. We check the clock and moan as time marches toward the alarm.

Insomnia makes people do strange things. I read about a woman who cleaned house in the middle of the night. The next day she discovered she had thrown out many things she should have kept.

Night’s wakeful hours make problems seem larger. We worry about things that never cross our minds in daylight. Sometimes anxious thoughts roar around our minds like an out-of-control race car. In the morning, exhaustion grips both body and mind, as if we had never slept at all. What robs us of sleep? Pain, fear, guilt, sorrow and stress are often culprits. Other times, it’s nothing we can pinpoint; sleep simply flies away.

Although no one enjoys sleeplessness, night’s wakeful hours can be useful. The quiet of darkness is a good time to lift our worries to the Lord in prayer. It’s often easier to do this while lying awake in bed because our days are filled with distractions.

King David was acquainted with sleepless nights and wrote of them several times. In Psalm 16:7 he tells how God gave him counsel during the night. The idleness of night gives God an opportunity to drop His thoughts into our minds. Many difficult problems have been solved during a wakeful night.

The next time you find yourself wasting sleepless hours fuming about tomorrow’s fatigue, determine to use that time to commune with God.

“If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post” (Psalm 63:7,8, The Message).

— Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience essays, Bible studies, news articles, profiles and devotionals from her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.



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