“Shift Work Sleep Disorder” (SWSD) — a condition caused by staying awake and working while our light-sensitive body clocks are “out of sync” and calling for sleep — is real, and it can have real, debilitating effects on a person. Anyone who’s ever worked nights for a prolonged period can attest to the disorder and so says WebMD:
“SWSD is characterized by insomnia and excessive sleepiness. People with the disorder are more accident prone, irritable, and less able to concentrate — none of which will help win Employee of the Month status…lack of sleep is also linked to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other mood disorders.”
Living in the darkness while expecting and craving light is something we all get just a tiny taste of when Daylight Savings Time begins. For us early risers, we don’t see the sun until an hour later, and it feels strange. But then, in a few days, we adjust, and everything seems “normal” again.
At Corporate Chaplains of America, our chaplains provide care for employees at all hours of the day and night, in almost every work environment imaginable. “Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other mood disorders” are conditions our chaplains help workers and their families deal with round the clock.
Our chaplains also help workplace employees face an even deeper, darker, more critical disorder — namely, that disorder of the soul caused by being “out of sync” with God because of a condition called sin which afflicts every human being.
Enter SISD (Sin Induced Soul Disorder).
…provide people with quality, permission-based care through ongoing, authentic relationships and offer searching, hurting people real hope for real life through the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
…help individuals daily, those living in spiritual darkness but expecting and craving light, to step into the sunshine of God’s forgiveness, grace, and love through a faith-based relationship with Jesus Christ.
…are able to do so because, on that Day in history known as Good Friday — Jesus Himself gave His life for each of our sins, suffering the punishment we deserved so we could be forgiven and have eternal life.
He hung on a Roman cross through what Gospel writers recorded as hours of midday darkness (cf. Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33, and Luke 23:44).
But light and not darkness had the last word as, on the following Sunday morning, He conquered the grave in resurrection triumph, a triumph heralded to His followers by an angel whose “appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow” (Matthew 28:3).
Are you or someone in your workplace suffering from SWSD (Shift Work Sleep Disorder)? Our chaplains stand ready to support you.
More importantly, if you or someone you know is suffering from SISD (Sin Induced Soul Disorder), they will be delighted to share the Good News of the One who IS the cure for that desperate condition.
Jesus said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Please pray for us as we serve as His ambassadors in workplaces across our land, and let us hear how we can be of service to YOU!