Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Second Wednesday of Advent: The Gracious Invitation

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

If God is our hope and strength, should we not trust enough to let go? Time and time again in our faith journey, I find the mantra ‘Let go and let God’ much easier to say than to carry out. Although simple in wording, we may find ourselves in situations unclear of what to let go. Other times, we may grip tightly to assumptions of what we might think is best. But in every case, we need to let go of our own will.

As we enter into the midst of Advent, Jesus invites us to ‘rest’ in take a moment and catch our breath, clear our eyes to see what is important, and make time to embrace the stillness of this season. He asks us to let go of our opinions, solutions, agenda, and anything holding us back from learning His unforced rhythm of grace

Burnout results from taking on more than we possibly could and walking at a much faster pace. Jesus offers His companionship as we become yoked to Him. The pressures and burden may not lessen, but our thoughts and responses may shift as we draw ourselves closer to Him. When we choose to walk and share our life with Jesus, freedom comes our way. God becomes present. And we begin to live. 

Lord, guide my heart’s homecoming in You again ...

Reflected by Tam Lontok

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