05.13.2020 Devotional

05.13.2020 Devotional

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke and learn from me. I'm gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

I love the Common English Bible's translation of this well-known text. Those of us who work for justice know what it's like to be "struggling hard and carrying heavy loads". The work is spiritually and emotionally tough at times, and it is unending. It's no wonder that so many people who sincerely believe in the work eventually burn-out.

That's one reason why I believe it's essential for people of faith to ground their justice work in God's love and grace. Here Jesus calls those of us who need rest to himself. Jesus does not offer a rest from work. Jesus uses the language of the hard work of farming here, and talks about a "yoke" like you would use to plow. The yoke Jesus wants us to take on is one that will bind us both to him, and to his call for justice. If anything, it's an increased commitment to our work.

But here's the twist: Jesus offers us not an end to our work, but a new way of working. He offers a way of working together. He offers a different perspective. He offers us a weight that is lighter and easier for us to bear because we do not carry it alone. Jesus isn't a harsh taskmaster who stands aside while we do the work. He's humble, and gentle, and he does the heavy lifting with us. And in that, we find rest.

If you've ever carried something heavy for a long time, you know it's easier if someone is holding on to the other end, and you know you’ll go further if someone is letting you put it down from time to time. Jesus is offering us a job, but he's also offering us a hand. The more we lean on him in our work, the farther and the faster we will go.

Prayer

Jesus, I'm ready to take on your yoke.
Let's get to work, together.

In Christ’s name, Pastor Denise

Prayer Requests:

  • All front line workers
  • Those living with no safety net of care
  • Congratulations to those graduating and our graduates who are moving into an uncertain present and future
  • Sumi Atkins ~ In the hospital
  • Boni Lenahan ~ Fell and hit her head
  • Janet Sutherland ~ Stranded in Germany and was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Bob & Joyce Scheuerman ~ Feeling lost and alone in their apartment.
  • Lois Brighten ~ Still at Mother Joseph's recovering from a car accident and wound.
  • Donna Brooke ~ At C & R room 216

 

 
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