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Sleep, Sleep Tonight

“MLK”
U2-1984

Sleep
Sleep tonight
And may your dreams
Be realized

If the thundercloud
Passes rain
So let it rain
Rain down on him

Mmm…mmm…mmm…
So let it be
Mmm…mmm…mmm…
So let it be

Sleep
Sleep tonight
And may your dreams
Be realized

If the thundercloud
Passes rain
So let it rain
Let it rain
Rain on him

We were talking about bedtime with the children at Parent and Tot, many of whom are under the age of 3.  We talked about what happens before bed, what helps us get ready, and why sleep is so important for growing minds and bodies.  They were all quite excited to share their bedtime rituals and to describe their favorite pajamas and stuffy.  We talked about the ritual of taking time to look back on the day and giving thanks for the special moments shared and what the hopes and dreams for tomorrow might be.

When I think back to my childhood I remember how my mum would keep me and my brother to a consistent bedtime routine, the same bedtime each night despite our attempts to elongate the time of fun.  She was firm, yet would always make time for our bedtime prayers, one more question, our dreams for the next day and the future, and of course a lullaby.  I am so grateful for those moments and I treasure the times that we have had with our nieces and nephews at sleepovers and now, with our god-daughter.   

The Youtube in this reflection includes a lullaby that I have often sung to the children in our lives or have sung with youth as we gather at Vespers (evening worship) at camp.  The title of the song is “MLK” and was written by the band U2 as a tribute to Martin Luther King.  According to Bono, it was a “sort of lullaby for an idea that was dying in our country(Ireland):  the idea of non-violence . . . all inspired by a reverend from Atlanta who refused to hate because he thought love would do a better job.”  The piece speaks to a generation of children saying that the storms will come but your dreams are important, sleep now and rest.

With all that is happening in our world right now, it is an important message for us to hear and remember.  There is work to be done to realize our hopes and dreams but rest too is needed to strengthen us and our resolve, rest in God’s love and hope.  May peace and rest find each of you this night so that we may rise again tomorrow to live God’s love and hope in this world.

Blessings, Jen

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’  Matthew 11:28-30

p.s. tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 19th we are having Dr. Glen Landry come and speak with our parents about the importance of Sleep for them and their children and some ways of helping children and their parents create routines so that they are ensured to receive the amount they need.  Admission is by donation.

One Comment

  1. Jen- thank you again for writing such a beautiful reflection- I read it at work in the midst of a busy, stressful day and it brought tears to my eyes. I even printed it out and will read it again when I settle into my bed tonight. I will remember those treasured bedtimes when my children were wee and will reflect on your gentle, loving message to end the day.

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