“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.” Matt. 11:28-30
A.D. 2020. Any description would have to include the words pandemic, unrest, social distancing, recession, upheaval, and disconnection. The first half of this year has left many physically weary, financially burdened, and carrying the heavy emotional and spiritual weights of grief and loss.
But Anno Domini (A.D.) 2020 means, “in the year of our Lord” 2020. So, let’s look at the year through his eyes. When we do, we notice brothers and sisters in Christ learning to share the gospel in new ways. We see people “loving your neighbor” daily and personally rather than generically. We see brothers and sisters crossing human lines of separation and seeking unity over division. A much better view, huh?
When we struggle, Jesus calls us to himself and promises to yoke with us, making our burdens easier and lighter. He promises rest for our soul. He only asks that we come to him and join in what he is doing.
This day, this week, this month, and this year belong to Jesus. Will you join him?
Prayer: Lord, we lay our everyday burdens at your feet and thank you for inviting us to learn of you and be embraced by you. Please grant us rest for our souls and empower us to offer that same rest to those who need it today.
By Jeff Broadnax
Regional Director, Northeastern USA