“Let not the sun go done on your wrath” (Eph. 4:26)

This is one of my wife’s favorite verses of Scripture.

Can’t think why.

But anyway, science has now come out in her support (and Scripture’s of course).

Under the headline Sleep preserves and enhances unpleasant emotional memories Medical xPress reports sleep researchers findings that if you go to sleep immediately after experiencing a negative emotion such as anger or fear, the feelings are not lessened by sleep but are rather preserved and even enhanced by it.

However if a period of time is allowed to pass between the unpleasant emotions and sleep, then the next day’s emotional response is significantly lessened.

Of course, the neuroscientists don’t mention repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. And (Yawn!) they do manage to squeeze in evolution somewhere. Still, it’s fascinating to see science unwittingly confirm biblical instruction.

But then again, although we know there will be a hangover, is there not something darkly delicious about furious fizzing as the sun sets….?