Jesus said, ’Come to me, all you that are weary and 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.’
I was in a zoom meeting recently, together with other Christian souls. It was good to see each other and to share what has been going on in our churches and in our lives since we last talked together.
Later in the same day, I went out to share a simple supper with a friend and her sister-in-law; all three of us would otherwise have been alone – and it was a birthday for one of us.
Each of the ‘meetings’ was excellent – and, in different ways, both were healing and restorative – for it was clear that, at present, many of us are carrying heavy burdens. It may be extreme weariness because of the extraordinary times we have been living through – and I think many people are feeling similarly. It may be heavy workloads that are almost unmanageable. Some people are coping with difficult and sad family circumstances, others just need a bit of rest, relaxation and sunshine – and to be able to see family members for the first time in months. It was so good, however, just to be able to speak openly about problems, as well as about hopes and fears, and know that all would be brought before God in prayer.
Today’s scripture reading for Night Prayer, printed above, promises that Jesus is always there to love and support us and to provide healing for our weary souls. One of the prayers from the same service reminds us that sometimes, when the going is really rough, we might forget this, and asks that our friends, and others we meet on the way, will point us in the right direction.
Jesus, our companion,
when we are driven to despair,
help us, through the friends and strangers
we encounter on our path,
to know you as our refuge
our way, our truth and our life.