Spiritual Practice


People rush about, burning the candle at both ends. Sleep seems to be an obstacle that keeps us from getting more done in a day. But God created sleep because we need rest. We need time to recharge.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”
Matthew 11:28–29 (The Message)

A race car doesn’t go the whole race on one tank of gas. Pit stops keep the car going throughout the race. If a driver decided not to stop, he or she would soon be out of the race with an empty tank.

Our bodies need the nourishment that comes from a good night’s sleep. How can we take on the challenges of a day if we are too tired to think or even to stand up? By saying no to coffee or to one more TV show, we can find time to sleep.

—Melanie Craig


REFLECT: We all have busy lives, and we forget to rest; but the Bible reminds us that the Sabbath day is meant for rest. Let’s take a day each week or find time each day to rest, to listen to God, and to pray that God will restore us body and soul so that we may glorify God in all we do.

—McKenna Cua, 18

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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