Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NRSV)

Have you ever tried to carry something really heavy? After awhile, it gets tiring, doesn't it? In Jesus' day, people, especially women, would carry big, heavy jars of water on their heads. This was the easiest way for them to carry a load and still use their hands for holding a baby. If we try to carry a heavy load around for too long, our arms get tired. But what if we carry a heavy load in our hearts? Sometimes we can carry all kinds of hurts in our hearts.

Jesus tells us that we don't have to feel all overloaded in our hearts. Jesus will help us when we hurt. Just like our bodies need rest when they've worked so hard, our souls need rest when they are overloaded. Jesus said that he would give our souls rest. All we have to do is believe in the one God sent to be our savior.

Dear Jesus, please bring rest to my soul. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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