“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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

So many people in our world are struggling, trying to carry their burdens alone.  They do not realize that there is One who is waiting for them to call on Him and let Him bring them peace and joy.

I feel like sharing a poem that I wrote recently on this subject.  I trust that it will be a blessing to someone today.


Bent low beneath a heavy load. she stumbled down life’s pathway.

The future looked dark and grim, and God seemed so far away.

It had been so long since she had felt God’s presence within her soul.

How she longed for one more touch, to be made completely whole.

Then she heard a gentle whisper, “My child, I am still the same.

Just lay down your heavy burden as you call upon My Name.”

Kneeling humbly by her bedside, with tears streaming down her face,

She confessed her fears and failures and sought God’s amazing grace.

The shackles that long had bound her fell broken at Jesus’ feet.

In that moment of surrender she found joy and peace complete.

The grace of God is sufficient, no matter how far we stray.

He heals the broken hearted one and forgives us when we pray.

Maybe today you are carrying a heavy burden, and feel that the Lord doesn’t care for you, and that you are all alone.  As you read this, take hope, reach out to the Lord, and let Him heal your heart.

Or perhaps you may know someone, a relative or a friend who fits the picture painted in this verse.  Take some time today to pray and ask God to make Himself real to them.  And let them know that you are praying for them.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus we thank you that you are the burden bearer, that you are always there when we call on your Name.  You lift the heavy load and bring peace and joy to our hearts. Bless each one that is reading this today and meet whatever needs they have.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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