January 24, 2018
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
In some stretches of life, the burdens are weighty. Sickness, diagnosis, treatments, and recovery produce a tangible load on our souls. Death and grief cloud our hearts and minds with a thick fog. Job loss shocks, then discourages. If the new job doesn't come on our timeline, a wave of "what-if" panic sets in. Challenges with children, strained relationships, delayed dreams, death of dreams, failure, sin ... the list of heavy burdens continues.
The weighty stretch becomes unbearable when we feel the load must be carried alone. The situation is always present. We feel the weight with each step. Soon a once overflowing heart is depleted of joy, energy, and desire to keep going.
But, "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior" we don't have to carry the things that weigh down the soul! We don't even have to share the load! We have One who carries every weighty concern that we have stuffed in our backpacks. We have One who walks with us, lives with us, in fact, lives in us! We have One who relieves the pressure, takes away the guilt, gives courage in the face of death, gently blows away the fog of grief, provides us whatever we need to do whatever He calls us to do, and restores a sense of real joy to the broken heart. He is asking you, right now, to stop and lay your burdens down. He desires to pick up the heavy pack and carry it for you. God our Savior is the One who "daily bears our burdens!"
Dear Father, thank You. Thank You for not letting me walk alone. Thank You for not letting me walk with the weight. Thank You for carrying my burdens today. Thank You, in advance, for carrying my burdens tomorrow. In Jesus' name. Amen.