Dear Friends –
I don’t know - maybe it’s because we’ve had a steady stream of houseguests for the last two and half weeks out on the Canal – but, while it’s been great fun, a part of this Sunday’s sermon text from Matthew 11:25-30 seems to be resonating with me a bit more than usual…
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Ah yes, great fun, but a little weariness has set in…and the need for some rest, too!
Eugene Peterson’s translation in the Message helps us see it’s not just the general busy-ness and heavy loads of life that Jesus is addressing, but more the burden of a legalistic, Jesus-less life of faith or religion that he has in view:
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Check out the whole passage we’ll be looking at this Sunday: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. Try to avoid what other people have written or said, and just wallow or marinate in the text, reading through it over and over again, paying attention to what you see, what speaks to you…
Learning the “unforced rhythms of grace”,