In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV

Thought

When worry is the habit of your mind, it is often difficult to lie down or sleep. Worry keeps you from sleep. Worry wakes you from sleep. Worry robs you of sleep. Yet in grief, sleep is your most restorative ally. Sleep ensures that your body can function, even when your mind is overwhelmed by sorrow and pain. Sleep can be either restful or restless. When you lie down to rest your body, give worry a rest as well. This ensures rest for your soul.

Prayer

God, as I worry and grieve, you alone keep me safe—from myself, from today, and from what may lie ahead. May I rest my soul in you this day. Amen.

Assurance

I entrust my worry to God’s safekeeping.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012