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Lenten Devotional: March 27, 2023

by Rev. Bob Martin, Senior Pastor

Restless is a word that haunts many of us. Why do we become restless? Mostly, our restlessness comes because we have an uncertain future. Restlessness also comes when we confront an unknown future (we know there is to be a journey but the path upon which we travel is unclear). Lastly, restlessness makes its way into our lives because the road we know we need to travel seems too long and we lose passion and purpose.

Think about it: how many marriages, work experiences, and friendships have faltered for these very reasons we become restless? A restless life becomes one that brings lasting effects. A restless life can lose its desire, energy and passion. The more restless we grow, the wearier we seem to become. A restless life also loses its way causing us to wander from place to place, relationship to relationship, job to job and friendship to friendship. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus says we are to come to him in these restless times. He goes on to say, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30). Jesus says you can’t go forward in life carrying your burden of restlessness. He points out you need rest and he will give you the chance to catch your breath again. Turn to him and see.

Action: How will you give Jesus your yoke and release your restlessness this week?


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