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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Heading for Home"

June 6, 2003

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Matthew 11:29-30 "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."

Who can lighten our burdens -- the pains and problems of life that inevitably plague us all?

When a team of horses used to pull a hay wagon out to the fields, they plodded along with little enthusiasm. But when the wagon was stacked high with hay and they were heading for home where there was food and water and rest, the heavy load seemed to be no load at all!

On the road to our heavenly home with Jesus, our burdens become light. Granted, we do wear His yoke. We are His servants. But our Master is the loving Lord Jesus, who gave His life on the cross to redeem us. It is when we lose sight of Jesus and the glory that awaits us that our burdens seem unbearable. Caught up in the cares and worries of this earthly life, we easily chafe even under the light loads.

Do we envy those Christians who bear up so well under their burdens? Jesus' invitation is for us, too: "My yoke is easy." He does not promise to remove every burden. His promise is to guide us safely to the heavenly home.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your promise of heavenly glory which makes Your yoke easy and our burdens light. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 109-110,138    John 16

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