Time to rest

I will give you rest

James Tissot (1836-1902)
Jésus engage les apôtres à se reposer (Jesus Commands the Apostles to Rest)
between 1886 and 1894
opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Brooklyn Musuem

[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

I know some days I am heavy with pain, fatigue, and discouragement. I know others carry heavy responsibilities, grief, and stress. I know the world is heavy with violence, racism, and injustice.

I don’t know how to heal the heaviness. But Jesus does. I will practice turning my attention to Jesus. I will trust him with my burdens, the burdens of others, and the world’s burdens. I will rest from my tendency to do-it-myself and let Jesus help me through the day.

10 thoughts on “Time to rest

  1. SR

    Very good post. One of the first prayers I pray at the beginning of each day is, “Lord I give to you my helplessness.” What freedom that gives to me, to know that for every burden I will encounter that day was already given to our Lord. It also stands to remind me, without Him I am nothing but helplessness in and of itself. It actually frees my soul, my mind, and my heart for the day. This is how I obtain the rest I need in Jesus. Enjoyed reading and I as well loved the painting. God Bless, SR



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