Jesus came to lift burdens from the weary and oppressed, yet the church as we know it has become a place of added burden to so many people.
What has become of us? We are preoccupied with our own survival. In self-preservation mode, the church shares with others only as much as will ensure the church’s own survival. The rest is held back.
But Jesus came to offer rest and he held nothing back for himself.
May the family of Jesus grow to resemble him more and more. May the church of today learn to offer true rest and hold nothing back, absolutely nothing.
Lord, forgive us for adding burdens on those who are weary and oppressed. May our only offering be life, fullness of life.