Shakespeare or the Bible: “to sleep, perchance to dream.”
The fitful dreamer is Shakespeare’s Hamlet musing through his famous “to be or not to be” speech. An exhausted Hamlet asks if it is better to give up rather than face his troubles.
For many people life’s current troubles are exhausting. Is it safe to go to work, school, and store? Is it best to wear a mask or not? What about my friends with whom I disagree? What is real science and what is real foolishness? We are weary of knowing and not knowing.
Throughout each summer day I’ve encountered people who are exhausted. Some from an overly programmed vacation, some from the hustle of life and more from the burden of uncertainty. Many struggle to get restful sleep.
Cartoonist Charles M. Schultz wrote, “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night'”.
Shakespeare or the Bible: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
The Biblical writers of Proverbs share this verse in chapter three as they write about trust. Proverbs shares that with God in your life your soul is at rest and so your body and mind may rest also.
From the sixth Chapter of Matthew, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”