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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 9, 2014

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

Thanks to Terre Wade for her guidance of our girls while they worked in San Marcos and thanks to Michael Murphy for the use of his car for transportation.

Happy birthday today, July 9th, to John Sanders. And happy birthday to Laura Lewis on July 14th and to Kathy Jordan on July 15th and to Karen Toone on July16th. And happy anniversary to Ron and Cheryl Fritze on July 11th. Have a large and joyful celebration.

Remember that Vacation Bible School starts on July 28th.

Prayers are needed for Etta Marie Mutschink, Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson, Aaron, Ron Alsbrooks, and Cliff Krcha.

A special thanks to Jackie Johnson for doing such a great job of mowing and trimming around the church and cemetery.

It was great to have Maria Mutis’ friend, Margaret Duval, playing her violin during the service.

Pastor John used the Gospel lesson from Matthew 11:16-19, 25 titled “Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave Them There."

The following words are the inspiring words of Pastor John.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

These lines function at a number of levels. They are: Words of peace. Words of rest. Words that we turn to for comfort during times when life is hard. Words that speak loud and clear of the need to take a step back from the tendency to overthink matters of faith.

How can we find rest in our souls? How do we find a way to discern our true desires? Well, that takes Jesus too!

Joseph Wood Krutch once told about a duck who was frantic in protecting her ducklings. She flew into a flurry even at the approach of well-meaning human friends who had cared for her for years. “She sometimes became so distressed that she forgot what she was doing and attacked her own young,” he said. That’s what anxiety can do to us. “The most pleasant and useful persons,” said philosopher and humorist Don Marquis, “are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.”

Someone has noted that the word “worry” is used 13 times in Scripture. Compare that with “trust” which is used 126 times, “faith” which is used 270 times, “believe” which is used 226 times and “love” which is used 551 times.

If you want to narrow it down even more, of the 13 times that worry is used, 11 times we are told not to worry. Of the other two, one asks, “Why do you worry” and the other one says “Tomorrow will worry about itself.”

Norman Vincent Peale once put it this way: “Sailing to the Near East last summer, I often talked with the ship’s 1st officer. He told me a ship riding out a storm keeps going ahead by relaxing in the waves….. The ocean is a tremendous force,” the ship’s officer said, “and a ship is only a very small force, but we know how to make our powerful engines adapt themselves to the timing of the sea. We don’t drive them relentlessly through the waves; instead, we adjust our speed to the timing of the waves, so we are practically carried along by the sea.”

Now, said Dr. Peale, this wonderful technique can be applied to people as well as to ships.

Get yourself in time with your difficulties. Then get in harmony with God, and you will ride out your difficulties without strain. That is the sort of thing Jesus was talking about when he said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

If you are going to insist on carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders alone, you are going to be a very tired individual. Let me give you some Good News. There is One who loves you very much who will take your burden upon His shoulders if you will trust Him.

I hope this holiday weekend will find you rested and refreshed, but I hope even more that you will let Christ rest and refresh you through every day of your life.

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