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Nightmares

Read: Psalm 91

You will not fear the terror of the night. (v. 5)

From the living room we could hear the intermittent voice in the bedroom. Were they talking again? Strange. The boys had been kissed goodnight hours ago. Suddenly, the voice reached an alarming, feverish pitch. We raced down the hallway to triage whatever was happening. Too late!

Twelve-year-old Benjamin had slipped down from his perch on the top bunk and was kneeling beside the lower bed. Young Ben had endured yet another nightmare, but it was immediately clear that his big brother had things under control. As we caught ourselves in the doorway, a beautiful scene was unfolding. Benjamin was administering the tender compassion of any seasoned caregiver, and Ben was clearly comforted. Still hovering in the doorway, we watched as Ben fell back to sleep before Benjamin returned to his loft.

Scripture is loaded with stories of nightmares, sleeplessness, or troubles that keep our biblical protagonists awake. The dark ruminations of our subconscious is a deeply human experience. While there are times when we might need professional assistance, it is God himself who provides an antidote for our incessant nighttime fears. “Trust me,” he says in Psalm 91. He is ever-present to love, comfort, and provide.

What is it that keeps you awake at night? Find your refuge in the shadow of his wings, and there the Prince of Peace himself will meet you! —Tammy DeRuyter

As you pray, ask for peace. Thank him for the one who saves us from the terror of night.

About the Author

Tammy DeRuyter

Tammy DeRuyter is a former stockbroker turned student of theology and history. She holds master’s degrees in both from Fuller Theological Seminary and Central Michigan University. Married for more than 25 years to Michael, an ordained RCA pastor, they have three emerging, young adult children ages 20, 21, and 22—the youngest of whom was adopted at 11.

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