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Matthew 11:28

It only lasted fifteen seconds.
But the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of San Francisco caused 375 deaths and left over 300,000 people homeless. Death, destruction and devastation were everywhere.
Tragedies occur every day – some much more significant and severe than others. But the significance of any tragedy is always personal – What impact does it have on me, my family or friends.
God is so good to us that we rarely prepare for the unwelcomed, unwanted or unanticipated events in our lives. They usually come unannounced or when we least expect them. When we awaken to a beautiful sunrise or go to bed following a glowing sunset, it always brings a contentment with life.
In times of prosperity there are many who want our friendship or our presence. It is good to laugh and be happy. But what happens when life falls apart? What do we do or where can we turn?
For the Christian there is always the Lord.
Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest!” He offers us His unconditional love when we feel abandoned, His strength when we are weak, His peace when we are troubled and His grace when we sin.
Prayer: How marvelous are Your gifts, our Father. To know that we can come to You whenever any need arises is beyond reason but not beyond Your compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28 ”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
An elderly man was taken for his very first plane ride. When it was over and he was safely on the ground, his wife asked him, “Well, Sam, how did you like that?”

“Pretty good,” came the reply. “Only problem was that I couldn’t let all of my weight down on the seat and relax.”

Sometimes we Christians have difficulty laying down or letting go of the burdens we carry. While we may have many excuses, there is no real reason why we cannot let go of our fears and failures, problems and pressures and trust the Lord.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

The burdens Jesus came to relieve are not only physical ones, but spiritual and emotional ones as well.

There are times when we fear that our sins may not have been forgiven because we believe that they are too horrible for God’s grace and mercy. But we are promised that “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Perhaps we become fearful that we are not doing enough for God or have missed His will for our lives. Again, the verse echoes in our ears, “If you become humble…pray…seek…turn…I will forgive.” God’s willingness and ability are as good as His Word. The problem belongs to us – not Him.

Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to take You at Your Word, and to cast all of our cares on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

It only lasted fifteen seconds.

But the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of San Francisco caused 375 deaths and left over 300,000 people homeless. Death, destruction and devastation were everywhere.

Tragedies occur every day – some much more significant and severe than others. But the significance of any tragedy is always personal – What impact does it have on me, my family or friends.

God is so good to us that we rarely prepare for the unwelcomed, unwanted or unanticipated events in our lives. They usually come unannounced or when we least expect them. When we awaken to a beautiful sunrise or go to bed following a glowing sunset, it always brings a contentment with life.

In times of prosperity there are many who want our friendship or our presence. It is good to laugh and be happy. But what happens when life falls apart? What do we do or where can we turn?

For the Christian there is always the Lord.

Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest!” He offers us His unconditional love when we feel abandoned, His strength when we are weak, His peace when we are troubled and His grace when we sin.

Prayer: How marvelous are Your gifts, our Father. To know that we can come to You whenever any need arises is beyond reason but not beyond Your compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
An elderly man was taken for his very first plane ride. When it was over and he was safely on the ground his wife asked him, “Well, Sam, how did you like that?”

“Pretty good,” came the reply. “Only problem was that I couldn’t let all of my weight down on the seat and relax.”

Sometimes we as Christians have difficulty in laying down or letting go of the burdens we carry. While we may have many excuses, there is no real reason why we cannot let go of our fears and failures, problems and pressures and trust the Lord.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

The burdens we carry are not normally physical ones, but spiritual or emotional ones.

There are times when we fear that our sins may not have been forgiven because we believe that they are too horrible for God’s grace and mercy. But we are promised that “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Perhaps we become fearful that we are not doing enough for God or have missed His will for our lives. Again, the verse echoes in our ears, “If you become humble…pray…seek…turn…I will forgive.” God’s willingness and ability are as good as His Word. Let go!

Prayer: Help us, heavenly Father, to take You at Your word, and to cast all of our cares on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Alexander Graham Bell made his first telephone call using an old cigar box, two magnets, and two hundred feet of wire.

The message? “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”

That is God’s message to each of us. He says, “I want you.”

He wants us to come to Him for His salvation and the eternal life He has to give us through Christ, His Son. He begins by knocking at the door of our hearts and saying, “If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in.”

But what else does He offer? A hope that will encourage us. A light that will guide us. A peace that will calm us. A purpose that will empower us. A rest that will sustain us. A strength that will fill us. A love that will nourish us. A faith that will work for us. And finally, a home that will welcome us.

“Come unto me,” He says, “and I will give You.....”

Whatever we need is ours for the asking and His for the giving.

Prayer: We come to You, Father, knowing that every good and perfect thing comes from You alone. When we are weak, You can make us strong and when we lack anything, You can fill in the gaps. May we come to You, remembering that whatever concerns us concerned You first. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Following a lengthy and dangerous surgery, the doctor took aside the patient’s fretting and talkative wife to instruct her as to his care. “Your husband must have peace and quiet,” he told her as he handed her a bottle of pills. “Here are some sleeping tablets.”

“What time am I to give them to him?” she asked.

“Oh,” said the doctor, “they’re not for him, they’re for
you.”

When I am anxious, I cannot bring peace to others. When I am afraid, I cannot bring comfort to others. When I am filled with hate, I cannot bring love to others. When I am worried, I cannot bring joy to others. When I am discouraged, I cannot bring hope to others. When I am in doubt, I cannot bring faith to others.

Jesus said, “Come to Me and learn of Me.”

If we want to bring peace and comfort, love and joy, hope and faith to others, we must first learn them from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the Teacher from whom we learn the important gifts of life to give others.

Prayer: Lord, You are the teacher and I am the student. As I open my heart and mind to Your eternal truths, may I be filled with Your life-giving Spirit so that I may share Your salvation and grace with others. In Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28