Pastor Wayne Derber
Phone: 815-570-2088 (home) 815-508-3435 (cell)
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
I Will Give You Rest
Sometimes life is quite difficult and challenging. Sometimes we carry heavy burdens such as the responsibilities of work, family, or school. Others burdens might be such things as worry, sickness, grief, shame, anger, pain, or fear. Carrying these burdens cause us be grow very tired and weary. We need help. We need God’s help.
Jesus tells all weary people: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” We do not have to carry our burdens alone. When we come to him, Jesus will help us. He promises to lift our heavy burdens and give us rest.
These words of Jesus are our memory verse for the month of February. Once we have memorized this verse, its message can be of great help. More than remembering the words, we can let the meaning of God’s Word sink into our hearts and receive the rest that Jesus promises us. Coming to Jesus each one of us will discover that “he restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3a).
In a familiar hymn are the words: “Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge – take it to the Lord in prayer” (hymn #742 in the E.L.W. – “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”). Yes, sometimes we are “weak and heavy laden.” So we need to come to the one who promises us: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
In Christ, Pastor Wayne