Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Burden is Light

Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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 11:16-19, 25-30

My Burden is Light 

We dig our toes into the cool sand
as we sip our morning coffee slowly
the day's heat has not begun in earnest
we are free with our thoughts and songs.

Walking by the surf I watch and listen
you skip stones and laugh like a child
we feel somehow younger, lighter
the winter burdens have been shrugged off.

This place is holy and full of promises
young ones and old, whispered over years
we have been broken by the years at times
but renewal and light can always be found.

The  former days are not like now
we can live like strangers in our homes
or we can listen and hear the sweet sounds still
love will never take away these small joys.

The Collect

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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