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“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28
For Children: Share this short video lesson about trusting Jesus with your young children.
For Adults: Summer for many is a lazier time of the year. The longer hours of daylight give us license to cram a little more fun into each day. Yet trouble never takes a vacation, and burdens that weigh on us in December are just as heavy in July. Our prayer list remains lengthy with the names of those needing healing, work, reconciliation—or hope, by any other name.
Jesus knows all about carrying loads too heavy to lift, and suffering anguish too deep to express. He has experience forgiving the enemy, snatching victory from defeat and even death. For those who feel they labor to no purpose, Jesus has stories to tell about three years of thankless ministry, followed by betrayal—not to mention twenty centuries of a variably faithful church. In Jesus alone do we find a place to lay the burden down.
Write down three burdens that you’ve carried a while and would like to lay down. Put them at the foot of a cross or in a Bible. Ask Jesus to carry them for you.
LET US PRAY… Lord, we confess to you that we are not the people you created us to be. You know our failings and our weaknesses well, for you see the hearts of all plainly. Inspire us with the fire of your word, that we might incarnate the truth of Scripture in the lives we lead. Teach us to take risks for love’s sake. Amen.
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