God of Sleep,
who causes us lay in green pastures,
who knows when I lay down and when I get up.
Sleep is such a luxury.
For some of us it has become elusive
hiding behind anxieties and intrusive thoughts, we can’t snatch any slumber
Our eyes become gritty, the words “I have to sleep now” echo in our head,
but rest seems an impossibility.
For some of us, sleep sucks us in, stealing our existence.
We lie in bed for hours–depressed and feeling like there’s not reason to get up.
We tell ourselves to get up, call ourselves by our full names, and still we are stuck.
God of Sleep–we are emotionally wrung out. Completely exhausted from the toll of this crises. Completely lonely from the necessary isolation.
God of Sleep–help us to find healthy ways to lay down and to get up we pray.
Help us to find ways to cope with the heightened anxiety and/or depression of the today.
Ease my tension, soothe my headaches and heartaches and stomaches.
Give us healthy outlets, we pray.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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