Finding Rest

This past Sunday Rev. Bonnie Osteen graced the pulpit at FUMC for the first time.

She delivered her message from Matthew 11:25-30.

Take a moment to read it now. If you can’t reach a Bible, click the Scripture reference above to read online.

Even before the preaching began, a verse captured my attention…

…no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone
to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Matthew 11:27 ESV
Having loved ones who still don’t know Father or Son weighs heavy on my heart from day to day. And here is a truth regarding the mystery of faith. A basis for prayer…
Dear Lord, please, choose my loved ones.
Open their eyes. Reveal Yourself to them.

In her sermon, Pastor Bonnie emphasized Jesus’s invitation.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 ESV
She gave examples of things we may need to rest from. Things that separate us from Him. Busyness. Anger. Resentment. Worry. Judgment.
As I bring my thoughts back to this passage, I realize the burden for loved ones makes me weary. Its constant presence effects faith, fuels doubt. 
I am in need of rest.
Jesus, I come to You now at Your invitation. I am burdened and weary.
The root of my weariness comes from not fully trusting You.
I choose to take Your yoke upon me. Teach me. Bring rest to my soul.
Amen.
What do you need to rest from?

Take it to Him in prayer.
Carol Weaver
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