By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Bradley Wigger, a professor at Louisville Seminary where he teaches Family Ministry, and recently published a book called Invisible Companion on imaginary friends, which is how I came across his writing (my brother had an imaginary friend who played a big role in my own childhood so theological reflection on imaginary friends is quite intriguing). His book Together We Pray: A Prayer Book for Families is full of tender biblically grounded prayers for all times of day.
It’s not uncommon in times of stress for sleep patterns to be disrupted. I haven’t seen any data on this, but I imagine these days sleeplessness is on the rise (an alternative theory is that people are getting more rest because extra-curricular pressures are canceled and people are home more, listening to their bodies’ need for sleep). I love the evening rhythms of prayer, and the deep breath of night, and so this prayer “Good Sleep” felt simple and child-like, but able to meet all of us, no matter where we are on life’s journey.
Let us pray:
“Good Sleep”, Inspired by Psalm 30
For good sleep at night
And joy in the day,
My soul thanks you God,
At rest and at play.