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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“My thesis here is that the climate of contemporary America has become so chronically anxious that our society has gone into an emotional regression that is toxic to well-defined leadership. This regression, despite the plethora of self-help literature and the many well-intentioned human rights movements, is characterized principally by a devaluing and denigration of the well-differentiated self….Perhaps teh most important, however, is this; in contrast to the Renaissance spirit of adventure that was excited by encounter with novelty, American civilization’s emotional regression has perverted the elan of risk-taking discovery and pioneering that originally led to the foundations of our nation, shaping much of its fundamental character into an illusive and often compulsive search for safety and certainty. This is occurring equally in parenting, medicine, and management. The anxiety is so deep within the emotional processes of our nation that it is almost as though a neurosis has become nationalized.”
A Failure of Nerve by Edwin H. Friedman p. 53 his thesis on American Leadership and American anxiety