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Sacred Wakefulness Psalm 30

Sacred Wakefulness

Could insomnia be a good thing?

At a Glance

Before the advent of streetlights and electricity, people regularly awoke in the middle of the night. What we call stress-induced insomnia, they considered an opportunity for reflection.

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Homiletics has treated today's gospel text five times. If you'd prefer to preach from the gospel reading, consider "Feed, Tend, Feed," April 25, 2004. Go to and use the Scripture search box or Date search box.

Most of us would likely agree that waking up in the middle of the night is almost never a good thing. We remember that old mantra that "nothing good happens after midnight," and we know that when the phone rings after we've gone to bed, it's rarely good news. A staple of local TV stations for several decades beginning in the '60s was the public service announcement, "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" It may be the 21st century, but we're still worrying. Add to that all the things that go bump in the night...

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