A Holy Nap

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.  Genesis 2:2-4 (NLT)

According to the “Good Book” rest is a holy pursuit.  It’s good, it’s needed, it’s holy, it’s godly, and it’s biblical.     Without fail every couple but one who has stayed at David’s Refuge has taken this biblical injunction and pursued it with passion.  They check in, they unpack, and they sleep.  Sometimes it’s a little catnap, sometimes it’s a 20 minute siesta, but we have also seen a four hour power nap that rivaled Rip Van Winkle’s famous snooze.  They come exhausted, weary, and in need of rest.   As they tuck themselves in and lay their heads on the pillow David’s Refuge becomes a holy place where restoration, renewal, and hope begin to unfurl in their dry and weary souls.

Not only does napping have spiritual benefits studies have actually proven that napping is good for us both physically and emotionally.   They make us more patient, they reduce stress, they help us increase our reaction time, and they improve our health and ability to learn.  All in all taking a nap is just plain good for you.

Maybe one of the nicest and healthy things you could do for a friend, family member, or neighbor who has a child with special needs is offer them 20 minutes of time so they can take a quick nap.  No guilt!  No Shame!  Twenty minutes of soul, mind, and body recharging.  Grab your pillow, pull the curtains, close your eyes, and may your dreams be sweet.

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  1. Son

    Father, I am in tears as I write this. The joy I have as I watch Davids Refuge come together and work so well is overwhelming to say the least. Your words on rest lay true to me as I have experienced many times where even the shortest nap has rejuvenated me and enabled me to finish the day. Thank you for the love you have bestowed upon me as your youngest son. You have taught me the true meaning of love and the right way to express it and share it with every person around me. I praise God that I have a Father like you. I hope you know that You have joined with God side by side to shape me and influence me towards becoming the person I am now, as well as the person I will become. Thank you for this blog, I forgot that you were writing and I am glad I stumbled upon it while getting a picture to base my Art Seminar essay on. I love you.

    With adoration,
    Your favorite youngest Son

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