Reflections of God's Goodness
Ahh, June! Can’t you just see images of sitting on the porch, walking on the beach, hiking in the woods or whatever it is that means summer to you? Summer is a time for slowing down, taking a break, and being renewed.
We all need times of slowing down and being renewed both physically and spiritually. Jesus Himself invites us to come and rest . . .
“Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
We want to be disciples of Jesus and often we find ourselves in a discouraging cycle of striving, failing, and trying again. Instead, Jesus invites us to shed our heavy burdens and find true rest in Him!
Jesus calls us to turn to Him, “Come to me”. He wants us to depend on Him. He is offering to transform us, refresh us, teach us, and help us carry our “yoke” or anything that burdens us. He can teach us and be the strength we need in each moment of our lives, day in and day out.
Life can be hard, even in the best of times. If we are not struggling with something, we know someone who is. There is sickness, financial woes, relationship issues. We all struggle with something or carry some burden, and so often we feel helpless to change anything.
Jesus is no harsh taskmaster. Instead, He reminds us that He is gentle and humble of heart. He promises that we will find rest when we come to Him. What are the burdens you carry that you can give to Jesus in the month of June?
Let go! When we are tempted to rely on only ourselves, or begin to worry over some burden . . . we can pray, “Jesus, I trust in you.” Isn’t that what we want to do? Isn’t that what Jesus is asking us to do in this passage?
Repeating this simple prayer over and over will help us remember that He is with us!
May this June practice lighten your burden and bring you peace.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
Director of Development
“Cast your care upon the Lord, and he will support you; Never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.”