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Heavy Burdens

by David Thompson

 

You know, lately I have been becoming more and more aware of the pain people are feeling. This pain might be from a death in the family, a loss of a job or some physical or mental health problem. It would seem that life is full of these burdens.


For me the toughest burden that I can remember is when my parents decided to divorce. It wasn't a nice divorce, but one filled with turmoil, fear and confusion. I was fifteen years old at the time, and my mom asked my little brother and me to be on her side and to protect her from a violent dad. What a thing to put on a fifteen-year-old and thirteen-year-old. Of course my brother and I agreed, but what happened over the next year scarred me for a long time. We had to go on visitation with my dad, my mother began dating other men, and all this was confusing to me. When it came to the divorce, I was put on the stand and had to relive seeing my dad hit my mother. I felt guilty to do this in front of a courtroom full of people, but especially in front of my dad. The events of that year haunted me for many years to come.


As I grew older, I became a Christian and began reading my Bible. I came across today's passage and knew that it was "just" for me. Matthew 11:28 reads, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." I realized that I had real resentment against my dad mostly, but some against my mom as well. I learned that I needed to lay all of that burden on my Heavenly Father. What made it hard was that I didn't really know what a earthly father was suppose to be like, so that made it hard to understand the love and acceptance of my Heavenly Father. I had a long road of healing on both accounts, but as time passed, God showed me how to love both of my parents unconditionally and I did until the days of their deaths.


The rest of the passage reads, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


If you are struggling with any heavy burdens or are weary from some situation or pain that seems unending, I urge you to take it up with Jesus and see, as I did, that even if the situation doesn't change, your feelings about the situation or pain can change. Again, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." That is a firm promise and God is good to his word and one that he assures to us through the Sabbath rest as well.


PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your goodness and for your promises that you always keep. Look down on the readers, and on all of your children, and help all of us see that you can really help with whatever the burden or weariness are. We praise you, Lord. Amen!



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REFLECTION

 

Rest, Relax, and Restore

by Judy Webb

 

"Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day." (Deuteronomy 5:15)

 

There was a time in my youth when you would have been hard pressed to find a grocery store open on Sunday. It was unheard of to go shopping for almost anything on Sunday. That day was set aside. It was a day for family, church, and rest. Almost no one except for emergency personnel, worked on Sunday.


Observing a Sabbath was an act of obedience to God. It was also about an act of trust in God. We are called to trust that His command to rest is perfect and just what we need. Observing the Sabbath when the world keeps turning is to Trust and Obey. When exhaustion, or worry, or burn-out seem to be my companion, it may be because I don’t know how to observe a Sabbath. Rest and refreshment go together with Trust and Obey.


What happened? Why is resting one day out of a week of seven days such a foreign concept now? What would happen to us if we went back to the way it was? Are we all workaholics? Somewhere along the way we got lost. Lost in our thinking and our actions. Because it is somehow now acceptable to ignore the concept of observing a Sabbath.


What does your week look like? Do you have one day set apart from the work of the week, for God and family? We often reminisce about the "good old days," perhaps keeping a Sabbath is part of those days we remember so fondly. So, remember to rest and to take the time to enjoy one another.

 

God commanded Israel not to work on the Sabbath, but to rest in remembrance of Creation and the Exodus. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God." (Exodus 20:8-10)


Our world, our nation needs a Sabbath. We need a day we call pull away from the evil and snares of Satan and enter the comfort and peace by spending time with God and one another.


PRAYER

Dear Lord, Show us how to instill a Sabbath into our lives and how to truly enjoy that special rest. Give us a desire to break away from the work of our hands to experience the blessing of time spent with you weekly. Amen.










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What God Promises

by Pr. Dave Mann

 

What does God promise for us in heaven? His presence. I hope that this statement does not disappoint you.

 

Sometimes we are tempted to make up in our minds the promises that we wish God would make, such as, "In heaven, God will give me the luxuries that I long for in the here-and-now: our favorite foods, the house of our dreams, the sports car we could never afford, etc.” If it is only this that we imagine heaven holds for us, it may mean that we long for earthly material blessings more than we long for the presence of God himself. If God could be puzzled, his bewilderment might sound like this: “How could you long for something so small when I offer you my very self? Oh you of so little faith.”

 

Revelation 7 lets us know that the promise of God for heaven is that we are blessed to be in his presence—to be fully, completely, eternally satisfied in God himself. 

 

In heaven, we are not the focus of the celebration; we are blessed to join in the blessing of God. When we finally through God’s grace attain complete sanctification, we will be at perfect rest as we stand unashamed in the presence of God. We will realize the purpose of our existence when we point away from ourselves and point to God—when we join the chorus and sing:

“Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!”

 

Yes, we will be blessed with full satisfaction things that we need on earth—no hunger, no thirst, no scorching heat, given springs of living water, and God will completely comfort us in our sorrows. Note that these heavenly blessings were promised centuries before the Apostle John received the revelation (Isaiah 49:10 & 25:8). But how will fulfilling these promises be possible? It will be because everyone will see that Jesus is seated on the throne. Our hearts will be fully satisfied, and our own knees will bow before the Lamb on the throne. He will shelter us with his presence, and HE will be our shepherd.

 

The real heavenly promises focus on God himself. He will change our hearts both in the present and for all eternity so that we realize the magnificence of his real promises.


PRAYER

Lord God, it is no wonder I long for worldly pleasures when my heart is never satisfied. Help me to fear, love, and trust you above everything else. Come into my heart Lord Jesus, come in to stay. Amen.



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