Burden Transformed

Our energies can be concentrated on the present not the past, on God’s will for us, and not our will for another, and upon the full, true significance of life, not a superficial misconception.

Meditation Thought: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

This does not refer to physical labor so much as the labor we force upon ourselves due to our misunderstanding of what the Father desires from us. We “load ourselves down” with guilt – Jesus will remove the burden, if we believe He came to do so.

We fret under doubt about our decisions and worthiness. Jesus lifts these from us as we perceive ourselves as He perceives us – as children of a loving Father.

God has provided a world of beauty, of order – yet of unfolding mystery – for us to discover and enjoy.

Through Christ we learn to appreciate all that is good, to forgive what is bad, when forgiveness is sought, and thus relieve much of the strain of living. Our energies can be concentrated on the present not the past, on God’s will for us, and not our will for another, and upon the full, true significance of life, not a superficial misconception.

Hope in the Lord

“Hope in the Lord.” Hope is an attribute that keeps us going when we don’t want to go.

Meditation Thought: “… those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“Hope in the Lord.” Hope is an attribute that keeps us going when we don’t want to go.

It is easy to go when we are strong and eager to go. We can manage that. But when we are weak and when we would rather not go, we linger – or even rebel. God knows our weakness and weariness – and He knows that He can relieve our reluctance – perhaps even distress – if we trust Him and appeal to Him.