The Theology of Sleep


“My subject is the theology of sleep. It is an unusual subject, but I make no apology for it. I think we hear too few sermons about sleep. After all, we spend a very large share of our lives sleeping. I suppose that on an average I’ve slept for eight hours out of twenty-four during the whole of my life, and that means that I’ve slept for well over twenty years. What an old Rip van Winkle I am! But then, what Rip van Winkles you all are, or will one day become! Don’t you agree then that the Christian gospel should have something to say about the sleeping third of our lives as well as about the waking two-thirds of it?”
—John Baillie, “The Theology of Sleep,” in Christian Devotion (1962)

“I don’t like the man who doesn’t sleep,
says God.
Sleep is the friend of man,
Sleep is the friend of God.
Sleep is perhaps the most beautiful thing
I have created.
And I myself rested on the seventh day. …
But they tell me that there are men
Who work well and sleep badly.
Who don’t sleep. What a lack of
confidence in me.”
– French poet Charles Peguy

Both via Sleep Therapy

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