The scripture for today is Matthew 11:28-30, NRSV.
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I don’t know about you, but my heart is burdened by the racial unrest in our country right now. As a women who grew up in Memphis, TN in the middle of desegregation, I must admit that I didn’t grow up with the same mindset, but I am very thankful for the life experiences that changed my heart. However, I feel like I am living my life in rewind.
I have been giving lots of thought to how we might change things to make a real difference this time. Then, these verses came in front of me. I know that changes need to be made in law enforcement, I know that I can write to my lawmakers to ask for changes, but the real answer is we need to turn to God! And . . . we need to continue to share the Good News with everyone!!
The invitation made in these verses applies to the whole race. Burdens can come in the form of physical difficulties, emotional conflicts, loss of loved ones, financial or business reversals, feelings of hopelessness, on and on we could go. Whatever the source, it is like a heavy weight on our shoulders that crushes us down. We are often tempted to deal with the burdens ourselves. We can do this by trying to have a positive attitude, by seeking counsel from trained counselors, or perhaps group sessions. While these may have some value, they will always fall short of the mark if Christ is not the central source of strength. That is a fundamental truth with no exceptions. We just come to Him, and He promises that He will give us His rest.
The process of lightening the load begins with learning to know and understand the Lord. The burden is not necessarily removed, but our thoughts and responses are changed as we begin to love Him, trust Him, believe His promises, and rely on His power. Then, as the weight of the affliction shifts from our shoulders to His, we will discover relief, although the situation may remain unchanged.
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You. Grant that we may believe in You, call upon You, and serve You, through Your Son, Jesus Christy, our Savior and Lord.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – That everyone in this country can learn to live together in peace.