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The Word in Your World
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens”.
Ps 68:19 NIV
When Scott Peck said that “Life is Difficult” he was striking a chord which finds an echo in almost every human being. Many people find difficulty managing money. However, much they get they never have enough. And those who have more than enough have problems investing it – and paying taxes. Then many others have problems with their marriage and family life. Parents have problems with children and children with parents. Employment “burdens” are common and even when we get on all right with the boss, the person on the desk next to us is a pain in the neck. Some have big burdens. Some have little ones – but plenty of them. Then health can cause us ongoing anxiety. So can the political future. Grief on the loss of a loved one is a common problem that can plague even the strongest. And you never know when it will strike. Guilt for sins can wear you down, however secret the sins may have been.
Jesus said, “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 NIV). Jesus knew the problems that arise in the work situation – he worked in the carpenter’s shop up to the age of thirty. He is a “real world” Jesus. And he has promised to travel with you and to share your burden, whatever it may be. Take him at his word. Cast your burden on him. And leave it there.
Lord, I cast all my burdens on you.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
I pray for all people who are having to put a much-loved pet down today. Help them to think in terms of the pain the animal is suffering and also to be grateful for all the years of companionship and security the pet has given them. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN
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