In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
These days, losing sleep seems to be common. Psalm 77 says: "I ponder, and my spirit faints. You will not let my eyelids close."
What is your "middle of the night" time? Is it 1:23am or 3:37 a.m.? Mine is 3:29 a.m.
On this World Day of Prayer, we recognize that there are indeed situations that stress our daytime thoughts. Those mid-night eye poppers of worry, anxiety, family and friend drama, money worries and health issues are the fears we suppress in the daylight hours. And in the middle of the night, our weird, subconscious mind presses forward, forcing us to confront our dragons.
What do I do? Count sheep? Re-run Doctor Who or Yellowstone episodes in my mind's eye? Try to think good thoughts — anything but toss and turn and stew.
Pray? Is God even awake at this time of the night?
When it feels as if God is absent, Scripture gives us permission to cry out, even loud enough to awaken God. The psalmist opens the window for that kind of late-night relationship with God. Honest angst before the Holy One is possible. This is still prayer.
What are the fruits of this genuine and intimate encounter with God – the fruits of honest prayer? For the writer of Psalm 77, it was the relief of the dark night of the soul. The writer recounts the biblical story, remembering that God has not and will not ever abandon us. "You are the God who works wonders" (v. 14). Those words can provide real comfort. Even at 3:29 in the blessed morning!
So have a mid morning blab with God and let it all out – by sunrise, may the rough seas in your life be calmed.
We continue our day welcoming God's presence day or night in our lives in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.