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A Remedy for Sleeplessness

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"In peace I lie down and sleep, for you, alone O Lord make me dwell in safety."
(Psalm 4:8)


Do you sleep in peace?

Sleeping disorder is a man-made sickness. It's the by-product of the technological savvy self-centered modern man. The culture of self centeredness is a culture of antithesis of humanity that should be condemned. A good Samaritan is the anti-dote for this fast spreading peace-eating rodent of self centeredness. Make it a point to help someone every day. Don't make others to come to you and seek help. Instead, you look around and help the ones in need. This will give you a lot of peace and when you are at peace with yourself, you can be rest assured of a good night's sleep. The little acts of kindness are the opportunities to be of service and are reminders of how good it feels to be kind, wanted, loved, and helped. A helping ritual that you practice regularly will soften and calm the mind and body that are over agitated and over exercised.

It's a ritual practice of a family with two children to pick up litter from their surrounding area. They have become so accustomed to doing this, that the two daughters will often say to the Dad in an animated voice, "There is some litter Dad, stop the car." And if they have the time, they will often pull over and pick it up. It may seem strange, but they actually enjoy it. They pick up litter from parks, sidewalks, practically anywhere and everywhere. Once Dad even saw a complete stranger picking up litter close to where they live. He smiled at Dad and said, "I saw you doing it, and it seemed like a good idea." It is one of an endless supply of possible helping rituals for a good sleep and satisfaction of accomplishment.

Holding a door open for people, visiting lonely elderly people, shoveling snow off someone else's drive way, are some practical help you could do daily.


Jesus, let everybody get a good night's sleep. Let us help the people who are in need. We pray for those who are in the fields of selfless services. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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