Do We Need a Theology of Sleep?

Do We Need a Theology of Sleep? April 5, 2018

I got a Fitbit recently. Along with tracking every move I make and (if I tell it) every thing I eat, it also tracks every hour I sleep. (Sorry, but if you want to talk to me about Big Data, that’s a different post.)

At first I found this depressing, but I have more recently been finding it helpful. It answers the question “how much sleep am I getting?” with “not as much as I think.”

While the Fitbit isn’t telling me why I’m not getting enough sleep, one of the reasons I know of is that I tend to stay up poking at screens in an effort to get as much done as I can on any particular day.

Unfortunately, I can’t get Psalm 127:2 out of my head: “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.” (Yes, I think in KJV. I also think in Rite I, while we’re at it.)

Why do we find ourselves in a world where what is vain is also what is expected of us? (Yes, our own choices are part of the problem, but not all of the problem.) And what does that mean we should do next?

Just a thought.

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