Laying down our burdens

Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” the old song says. Still, even as things slow down (!?) in the dog days, many of us carry around the same old burdens. Worries about work. Concerns about family and finances. Sometimes there are real challenges facing us, other times we work little things up into huge burdens, and then slump under their weight.

Jesus knows about our burdens, real and self-imposed. And he promises rest for all of us who are worried and weighed down. The Message says it beautifully: By watching Jesus we can learn “the unforced rhythms of grace,” and “learn to live freely and lightly.”

Jesus doesn’t offer us a pass on suffering. He doesn’t promise to take away our labors and burdens, doesn’t promise a magical eternal vacation. He does offer rest. Time to regroup, to recharge, that helps us to carry the weight. And that gift, he says, comes as a result of learning from him to be meek and humble of heart, from watching him dance to the unforced rhythms of grace. You and I are invited to join the dance, even if we have two left feet. There’s no entry fee or cover charge. We just have to learn to lay aside our burdens for a while, and dance.

What is burdening you and/or the people around you? Can you hear Jesus calling you, asking you to lay down your burdens and take up his yoke for a while? Do the rhythms of your life feel unforced, free, light? Do you need a rest? Talk to Jesus about what you need to feel less burdened and more open to grace.

We’ll talk more about this at our gathering July 20. We’ll also welcome home our South Dakota servants. If you need info or directions, call Bob at 267.377.7192.

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,spirituality |

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