Today’s gospel is really fitting for this time of year. “Come to me all who are labored and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30). Such a short reading, but so much hope and peace bundled up in those two lines.
The holidays are really a time when so many people suffer through pain both great and small. Some people are racing and running through gifts and cards and parties as if the world depended on it. Some people are staying up far later than should be allowed cramming for that exam or writing 20 pages in 20 hours. Some people carry the cross of the loss of a loved one. Some, the loss of their income during this season that is supposed to be so bright. Some people have nowhere to call home.
In a world full of war and strife, this gospel stands out as a beacon of hope. Jesus wants to give us rest. Think about that for a second. He wants to give us rest.
I have been a little under the weather the past few days, and by the end of a really busy day, I find myself jumping through a hot shower and into my bed to sleep… at 8 o’clock at night. And then not waking up until 5:30 or 6 the next morning. This is more rest than my body has had in over a year, but I clearly need it. I am seeing the effects of this rest already as I get a little better each day. If this rest can do this for a head cold, what can the rest the Lord is offering us do for our weary souls?
Believe me, the strife that comes with this time of year does not go unnoticed by that tiny baby in the manger. He has come to bring us the rest we so desperately need.
Today’s song is all about the comfort that is being to offered to us, if only we can sit for a second.
As promised in my very first post 10 days ago, here’s the illness that has consistently put a stop to this project, but I am powering through! Please forgive the imperfect quality of the song, but know that it was a quality prayer for each and every one of you.