Did you sleep well last night?

Reverend Benoit of the Lutheran Church Haiti said an interesting and thought provoking thing in his conversation with us. He said he always found it peculiar when he visited Canada that people would ask, “Did you sleep well last night?” Or, “Did you have a good sleep?”

He said the question is never asked in Haiti. It’s not hard to see why.

If we had to go to sleep on a mud floor, perhaps wet from rain that day and mosquitoes flying around….

If we had to go to sleep being afraid of our own security as we slept outside or in a tent….

If we had to go to sleep with deep worry about whether our children would be able to go to school or have anything resembling what was considered a normal life before the earthquake….

If we had to go to sleep at night with memories of family and friends killed in the earthquake….

If we had to go to sleep at night hungry and uncertain where the next meal might come from or whether some kind of job might be available….

Would we ask one another, “Did you sleep well last night?”

— Posted by Tom Brook

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