by: Paul Gay
Come to 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, andyou will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
One of my favorite Christmas hymns is O Holy Night. There is a line in the song that says,
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the soul felt
its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks, a new a glorious morn.”
There is so much truth in that little nugget of a lyric. Humankind at the time of Christ’s birth was lost and weary from searching for the Way. Then, Christ came, born in the humblest of states and brought with Him hope for humanity. Jesus was and is hope for the weary soul.
This year has been hard for so many. When we rang in the start of 2020, so many were hopeful for a clearer 20/20 vision for a new decade. Three months into the year and we were shocked and scratching our heads at how the year was starting. Plans were halted. Businesses closed. Schools shut down. People were getting sick. The typical American rat race was now a snail’s pace. But God wasn’t shocked. Through the turbulent year, He invited us to come to Him. To trust Him. Months later, some of us are grieving the loss of a loved one, a dream, a job, or maybe an expectation that didn’t come to pass because of COVID-19 or the circumstances surrounding it. Are you weary from a heavy year? I don’t know about you, but I am. God invites us all to come to Him. Weariness and all. Bring your burdens to the Savior and lay them down.
When Jesus was born, the world was weary. Israel hadn’t heard from God in 400 years. You want to talk about weary? We are tired after one hard year. Imagine not hearing from the Lord in 400 years! Then, as the song says, “a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” A balm had been applied to the wounds of their souls with this little baby’s birth. Even in his infancy, Christ beckoned humanity to “come.” Shepherds weary from watching their flocks….Come! Wise men searching the stars for signs and wonders….Come adore THE Wonder of all time. Cease striving and just come. The manger that held a tiny baby contained the greatest hope the world has ever known. Friend, He is still our hope today.
I don’t know what you have experienced this year, but I know where you can come if you are weary. Come to Christ and lay your burdens down. He is gentle and humble. Find rest for your soul.