Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” vss. 28-29

Matthew 11:25-30

Let’s face it! There are times when life is not easy! We all know the symptoms and the feelings! Our bodies fail, cracks appear in foundational relationships, dread diseases stalk us, employment turns tenuous, and future prosperity is threatened by war and climate change–it’s no wonder then that worries and anxieties abound. And what’s worse, sometimes those feelings of despair even show up in our congregations. For some there’s a sense of being on a sinking ship–the Rock of Ages has lost its buoyancy and is slowly sinking beneath the pressures of cultural change and a general feeling of apathy. It’s in these moments that Jesus speaks clearly to our generation, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” He doesn’t yell at us, or give us another rule–he doesn’t even say “repent.” He just says, “Come…and I will give you rest…for your souls.” It’s not magic; there’s no formula to repeat. It’s a simple resting on the promises of Jesus. There’s no need to worry about proper doctrine or practices, but like a child crawling onto a lap and into comforting arms, we can lay our concerns aside and rest. And it works! Our souls, our inward selves are refreshed.

Thought for the Day: Where’s my resting place?


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