It has been some time since I heard the song “Whispering Hope” and just a few days ago I happened to be scanning U-tube presentations and I came across it.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Hebrews 6:19
- Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.
Whispering hope, oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.
2. If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.
3. Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal;
Come then, oh, come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, oh, never depart.
It occurred to me that without the anchor of our souls, Christ Jesus we would not be having good nights of rest and sleep.
We know that sleep which the Lord gives to His beloved, is sweet.
God gives his beloved sleep – It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
We know that Sleep is
God’s gift to us who are His beloved
- periodic rest of the body which is absolutely essential for its efficient functioning. It has been called “most cheering restorative of tired bodies.”
- the indispensable condition to the recuperation of energy. We go to bed fatigued and get up refreshed.
- the repairing mechanism for the wear and tear of the body and mind incurred during waking hours. Nothing is so restorative to the nerves as sound and uninterrupted sleep. During sleep most of the functions of the body are carried on at the lowest level possible in health – heat, heart rate, urine volume, tone of skeletal muscles relaxed, eyes rolled back and pupils constricted, nervous system calmed.
- is a vital element in a total way of life. It is a basic need in man’s mental as well as physical life. Loss of sleep exerts seriously detrimental effects upon the nervous system. Long periods of wakefulness may cause profound psychological changes such as loss of memory, irritability, hallucination and even schizophrenic manifestations. During the last World War, prisoners in Nazi concentration camps who kept awake for days by strong lights and blaring wireless sets, collapsed.
- different from rest. At rest the body is disturbed by all exterior noises; but in sleep it is screened from them by partial loss of consciousness and also by what is called ” dream protection. ” One useful purpose of the dream is to convert outside noises that might awake the sleeping person, into fantasies that do not disturb him. Many organs which work during rest suspend their activities in sleep. Thus the recouping value of sleep is much more than that of rest or simple lying down.
- affected by the combination of melatonin and valerian which promote sleep patterns. There are some powerful antioxidant formula which provide your resting body with the fighting power it needs to restore and protect its cells from damage developed due to poor diets and busy lifestyles. The natural restorative events that occur while we sleep such as free radical removal and increases in growth hormones, help maintain your youthful body and energy. You won’t have that groggy feeling the next morning but you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Studies show that Vitamin E protects our bodies from oxidative damage induced by our daily activities. Wake Up Refreshed with Powerful Antioxidants* says an advertisement. The combination of Melatonin and Valerian helps promote normal sleep patterns.
- contributing to our view of the world and colors it, says a study of a research abstract presented June 9, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.
A good day begins with a good night’s sleep. In morning chats, I usually would ask the other party if he/she had good sleep the previous night knowing full well that the answer would give me the direction the day will be developing for the other party.
For the children of God, sleep except because of physical incapacity or medical reasons, should be peaceful especially with a clean conscience and peace, because we have an intercessor in Jesus Christ who is on the right hand of the Father all the time.
How are you sleeping? Is there something that needs righting before you sleep?