'His Burden is light' 

 Matthew Chapter 11 verses 28- 30

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Do you use a backpack? Maybe at school? This one looks heavy with books. It can be quite tiring carrying it around. Perhaps a friend offers to carry some of the books for you? Well, that’s like what Jesus does for us. He promises to help us with our burdens, things that trouble us, weigh heavy on our minds. We sometimes worry, and think that we have to do things on our own. Jesus doesn’t want us to struggle because he loves us and wants to put our minds at rest. So we can tell him about what troubles us, talk to him, say it in prayer. The passage below is part of this week’s reading. “Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.” Matthew Chapter 11 verses 28- 30. In Jesus’ time, an ox was used to work on the land. Oxen worked in pairs, sharing the load. They were harnessed together by a hand-carved wooden frame called a yoke. Jesus is using the picture from working life to say how much easier it is to go through difficult times if we share them with him. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, come alongside us when we find things hard. Help us remember that you love us and you promise that with you, we can find rest. Amen.

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