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January 12, 2021

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

This passage mentions the word 'rest' on two occasions - at the first mention, rest is a gift given by Christ to those would come...those who labor and are weighed down.  And what a gift that is!  A rest that is soul-deep and saturating.  And yet, there is more.  When we move deeper into that relationship (taking the yoke of Jesus upon us; learning from Jesus) we find rest yet again - a refilling, if you will.  It is in the daily choosing to yoke with Jesus that rest becomes a continual supply - in the same way that work, and weariness are oh so daily.

I suppose Sabbath is like this - it is undoubtedly a gift of God; and yet - it is something that we must daily accept...a continual practice of finding the rhythm of work and rest; of agency and surrender.

Are you consciously accepting the yoke of Jesus daily?  Would it make a difference if you did? 

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