I take a nap every afternoon after lunch. I should say I try to take a nap because it is not unusual to be woken up by a child needing help with something or a phone call or a lawn crew going tackling the neighbors yard situation. Laying down in the middle of the day to rest is one of the ways I take care of myself. It is also a way to send a message to God that I trust him to take care of me and my family. I don't have to wear myself out to make a living. God is there to give us all that we need and every nap I take in the afternoon is a confirmation of that truth. The great painter Balthus often painted young girls slipping off into sleep. He was captivated by the thin space between awake and sleep, the transition like adolescence, like twilight and dawn. It is as if the spiritual world is a little closer to us when we are in one of those transition spaces. The act of painting itself is a way to create a bridge between the spiritual world and the physical world. Living with paintings brings us closer to heaven. In the Gospel story about when they fetch Jesus for the young girl who has died, Jesus says "she has only fallen asleep". Sometimes it is said when someone has died that they have gone to their "final rest".