The Theology of Sleep


“For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, 
when deep sleep falls on people 
as they slumber in their beds…” Job 33:14-15, NIV

This Sunday I’ll be preaching on the Theology of Sleep. What does the nature of this nocturnal gift say about who God is? How do we image God during the 7-8 hours per day we sleep? What does our chronic lack of sleep say about our brokeness?

I know that the bible speaks about God meeting us in our sleep (via dreams and visions) and about how the quality of our sleep is often a barometer of our spiritual health/state. But I don’t want to limit my message to these foci. I also want to look at the physiological reality of the nature of sleep.

Why did God create this nocturnal creature? Why is it ‘just right’ for our human flourishing? How does a ‘human being asleep’ uniquely image God?  I just sent emails to the heads of two sleep clinics (one in Chicago and the other in Calgary).  A bit late I know (asleep at the sermon-research wheel).

(sleeping baby image courtesy Alyda Schinkel)