Reading: Matthew 11:28-29
Sometimes I feel so tired. I try very hard to balance God, family, work, and life in general. But sometimes I simply try and do too much. Sometimes the bad things that happen to loved ones and to me just bring me down. While physical rest is an absolute necessity for a healthy life, spiritual rest can be necessary too. For example, taking a few quiet moments from time to time to read or a devotion could be just what you need to relax, take a breather, and rejuvenate.
“The Message: the Bible in Contemporary Language” offers an idiomatic translation of Matthew 11: 28-19. It reads as follows. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
When things become too much for us, it is comforting to know that God never gets tired, and that Jesus is there to help us put things in perspective. --Christine Conz Moll, former Mount Luther camper
Closing: Discuss with others how it feels to know that Jesus can “show you how to take a real rest.”
Prayer: Dear God, help us remember Jesus' promise to help us find rest for our weary souls. In His name we pray. Amen.
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