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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


August 11, 2007

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Expressions fascinate me. I always wonder where they come from, and who thought of them. Who, for example, was the first person who talked about the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back?’ Did anybody experiment? Why did they use straw, not bricks?

Apparently, I’m not the only one that has asked those kind of questions. Recently, I came across a treatise about one-humped camels. That report concluded with the much-needed information that camels can generally carry from 240 up to 1,200 pounds. Of course, it admits, only "the very best animals" can manage the bigger amount. And, in case you are wondering, record for camel capacity, in Australia, is 1,904 pounds. Even so, no camels’ backs were broken.

This is all my way of getting to the point where I can ask, “How many straws does it take to break your back?” How many times have you found yourself ready to explode, to walk away, to throw in the towel (that’s another expression)? Do you frequently feel that the straws which life, family, and obligations are throwing upon you are simply too heavy for you to carry?

If you nod in understanding, I would like to introduce you to the Lord Jesus. He has said that we can cast all of our cares, another word for straw, upon Him. For those who know Him as Savior, He promises an unlimited amount of strength and support in living and carrying straw.

From a devotion originally written for “By the Way”

THE PRAYER: Dear God, I rejoice that I can find strength and support in Your promises. Help me to let go of my "straw" and cast all of my anxiety and cares upon You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 1-3    1 Corinthians 6

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