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Rest can be an illusive thing.  I am not speaking necessarily of a time of relaxation or  breath catching after some act of exertion, though it might include these.  I am speaking more of the regeneration brought about by the putting aside of labours altogether.  A time to let the mind as well as the body to rest.

I have for the last few nights found such rest more difficult than is my norm.  I have faced some stresses related to the practical demands of settling Dianne’s estate, and of the needs I have in settling into my “new normality.”   Sleep has been less deep, and of shorter duration than I am accustomed.  But as in so many areas of my life, Dianne offered me advice from her own experience.   I came across a citation in her journals where she spoke of her cancer-induced insomnia.  She reflected that no matter how extreme her physical tiredness she could still find mental rest in God.   “Return to your rest, oh my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you (Psalm 116:7).”  God provides.  He deals bountifully.  There is no need to let the concerns of finance, ill-health, or a multitude of daily issues rob us of peace and rest.

Dianne on acknowledging this, actually found the insomnia less powerful.  Yes, the cancer still changed her physically enough to make for “boom and bust” sleep patterns.  But even if physically fatigued, she was able to be “at rest.”

I pray that I too will find rest: sleep if I am lucky, but restful peace bountifully.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”  


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