Deuteronomy 7:6-11

Psalm 103

1 John 4:7-16

Matthew 11:25-30

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28

Lord, our labors and burdens are many.  Some struggle with health and constant pain.  Single moms don’t have a moment of quiet for themselves.  Unemployment and poverty are facts of life for many.  Still others are consumed by addictions.  Whatever our burdens we look to many places for relief.  Lord, save us from being trapped in the darkness of despair.  I can’t earn your love, Lord.  Your care for me is not a reward for what I’ve accomplished.  You offer rest from the burdens not because I deserve it but because of who you are.  You can’t stop loving me even if I fail to love you.  Dear Jesus, give me a childlike trust in you that you are at my side every day.  When life gets overwhelming and I want to give up, take me by the hand and just love me.  May I be confident that I never, ever, walk alone.  Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.  Amen.