As I laid in bed last night, headed towards slumber and praying my nightly prayers, I was reminded of a change of perspective I had a long time ago. You see, as a child, I would lie in bed and say my nightly prayers of thanks and concerns and soon enough it was morning and time to start a new day. It seems I would fall asleep mid-prayer. This happened routinely.

Now, for a time, this worked me all up because you shouldn’t fall asleep while you’re talking with God. It would be rude to fall asleep while talking to a friend or a co-worker, wouldn’t it? So falling asleep while talking to God seemed like not a good thing to do. However, it would happen night after night. And, for a time, I carried guilt about it.

However, one time when I confessed this to a confidante, they offered up a beautiful alternative to my view. They thought it was very touching and intimate that I would fall asleep in God’s arms each night. Just like I would fall asleep in my father’s or mother’s arms when I was younger.

And isn’t God our Father? Not just a friend or co-worker.

And I still fall asleep every night during prayers. With God holding me in His arms.

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net


  1. angela says:

    Thank you so much! I too have felt guilty for falling asleep when communing with God at night. What a lovely way to think about it and it makes so much sense too! 🙂 I have just discovered your blog and will continue to check in on your journey to a simpler life.

  2. Dan says:

    Angela…..welcome and thank you for the comment. I am glad this blog post helped give you a different perspective. And I know the weight you must feel lifted because we shared the same guilt. I pray your prayers are joyous conversations with your Maker that drown your heart with comfort.