Daily Dose, Jan. 23 — Promises of God

  Today is hump day – the middle of many people’s work week. You’re halfway through, and the week is downhill from here. Then you will have made it to the weekend! Now, if your weekends are at all like some of mine, you will be as busy then as you are during the week. Life can be go-go-go. We can become exhausted by the constant demands and pressures life brings. It is true for us now, and it has been true throughout the ages. Jesus said to people just like you and me, “Come to me all of you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30) The Message Bible puts it this way, “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.” Come -- and the promise is to give you rest. Not rest like you’re used to when you take a short break from the hustle and bustle. His rest is deeper; it is a rest that penetrates the deepest parts of your mind, soul and strength. “Come, I will give you rest.” Today, we are invited to take Him upon on His promise of rest. Are you taking Him up on it? -- Rev. Terri Henkel