Happy Dec. 15, 2013
Keeping Christ in Christmas in bits and pieces:
A tune to hum: “Oh rest beside the weary road…”
It Came Upon a Midnight’s Clear By Richard S. Willis 1851
Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Heavy laden: burdened
Weary: physically or mentally exhausted, fatigued, or tired. To be made impatient, dissatisfied.
Did Jesus Christ ever rest?
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
Do you ever feel exhausted at Christmas time?
Are you tired? Weary? Is something in your life creating you to feel weighted down and burdened?
Today is the day of rest.
Pray today to feel your burdens lighter. Pray today that you need someone to help you carry your load. Give your burdens to the Lord and wait…He will carry them with you, and you will feel them to be lighter.
(I know this to be true!)
Application for families: Today when you light your little candle as you sit around the dinner table pick a heavy object to lift from the table, like the gallon of milk. (“Heavy” depending on the age of the children) Have someone see if they can hold the milk with their hand straight out, elbow not bent. See how long they can hold it. Now have another family member help them hold the milk by allowing them to rest their arm on their shoulder. Can they hold it longer? We need to remember that Jesus is there to help carry our loads, to make them bearable. And he will.
Rest is important