>> Sunday, May 1, 2011
Not so this night.
I try to stifle the cough I feel building in my throat. Finally it explodes into the air. I change positions. Still coughing. I lay on my face. Doesn’t help. So far, I’ve not awakened my husband (or the dog). The coughing is relentless. I slip from the bed, picking up my slippers and housecoat as I leave the room.
The clock chimes 1:15.
The clock chimes 1:30.
I think of my friend who lies in a hospital bed after having cranial surgery for eight hours. She’s not having such a good night. And what about all those homeless people I saw in
a few weeks ago. Do they ever get a good night’s sleep? And the coughing continues. Seattle
The clock chimes 2:15.
The clock chimes 2:30.
I would like to have a good night’s sleep. But since I can’t, I’ve talked to you. And I’m not coughing.
“I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.” Psalms 3:5 (NLT)