Pastor Ponderings for Spring

Several years ago I shared a story from a book by Dennis,

Sheila, and Matthew Linn, titled

Sleeping with Bread

– Holding What Gives You Life.

The book begins with this story:

During the bombing raids of World War II, thousands of

children were orphaned and left to starve. The fortunate

ones were rescued and placed in refugee camps where

they received food and good care. But many of these

children who had lost so much could not sleep at night.

They feared waking up to find themselves once again

homeless and without food. Nothing seemed to reassure

them. Finally, someone hit upon the idea of giving

each child a piece of bread to hold at bedtime. Holding

their bread, these children could finally sleep in peace.

All through the night the bread reminded them, “Today I

ate, and I will eat again tomorrow.”

The authors invite the readers to a simple daily exercise

called The Examen. They have found this exercise to

be life-changing. At the end of each day they light a

candle and sit quietly, as they become aware of God’s

loving presence, and they reflect on a question or two.

The simplicity of the book appeals to me especially at

this time in our lives as we shelter-in. My guess is that

many of us have known a few restless nights, nights

when we lay awake holding onto problems that we have

no control over. How much better it would be for us to

fall asleep holding on to something sure and certain!

Words of a hymn written by Civilla Martin come to my

mind, words that might be a good refrain for us to repeat

on restless nights.

Why should I feel discouraged?

Why should the shadows come?

Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and

home;

When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches

me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” his tender word I hear,

And resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and

fears;

Though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches

me.

Rest well, my friends! May you fall asleep each night

aware of God’s loving presence.

Blessings, Margaret

 

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