“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I read this passage to my congregation yesterday, surely some of the most sublime words ever to pass Jesus’ lips. But instead of my talking and talking about those beautiful words, explaining what they “meant,” I simply asked people to commit those two phrases to memory.
We repeated those words over and over until they became a kind of mantra, pulling us out of fear and anxiety and worry, into the peace of Christ.
We spent a little time naming our burdens, the yokes that weigh upon us as if we were a working ox. The financial burdens, the physical burdens, the emotional burdens—of weariness, grief or guilt.
Everyone carries a load. In some seasons of life the burdens seem sure to break us and at other times they nearly disappear, but everyone labors under some weight. God invites us to give up our heavy burdens and find rest for our souls. Giving our burdens to the Lord doesn’t mean that we will live without trouble or suffering. It means only that when we are heavy laden we don’t have to carry our burdens alone. There is Someone who can carry them for us, Someone who is stronger than we are and who will not be broken by the load.
When we had named our burdens, we closed our eyes, imagined that the One who was saying, “Come to me” was standing before us with beckoning arms outstretched, and we were walking toward him with the heavy burden in our hands, and giving it to him. Then we all said together, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”