To the Weary Christian:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest..” – Matthew 11:28
I see you, Weary Christian, when you’re fighting to get out of bed. I see you when you can barely keep your eyes open. I see you stumble as you try and take another step. I see your pain and your troubles. I see your tears as you hold your head up and try to move forward. Please, Weary Christian, know that you are not alone. The weight of the world that you feel on your shoulders can be lifted. This is not your battle to fight, so give it to the one who’s it is.
I see you, weary student, who hasn’t slept for what feels like days. I see you walking to your class when you feel like you’re failing. I see you when you cry alone in your room, missing everything in the world you used to know. I see you with your face in a book, when you feel like you don’t understand a word you’re reading. I see your tears fall when you feel like you have no energy left to give. Please, Weary Christian student, know that you are not alone.
I see you, weary mother, when you drag yourself into the kitchen to feed your children. I see you when you want to fall asleep, but hold a baby in your arms. I see you at 2 in the morning when you pull yourself to your child to rock them back to sleep. I see you chasing your toddler around the store when you don’t have anything else left to give. I see you cry as your child moves away. Please, Weary Christian mother, know that you are not alone.
I see you, weary worker, when your hands are cracked and bleeding. When you work so hard but feel like nothing ever comes of it. I see you working late to make ends meet. I see you when you come home, dirty from head to toe with no energy to wash your clothes. I see you when you fall asleep on your couch before you have even been able to eat. I see you when you feel like nothing matters. Please, Weary Christian worker, know that you are not alone.
I see you, weary father, when you try and hold your house up. I see you try to pull pieces together in vain. I see you as you try to lead your family, and it feels like no one is listening. I see you when you leave for work and your heart breaks at leaving your children at home. I see you when you’re worried over finances that don’t ever seem to meet. I see you when you have to swallow your pride to provide for your family. Please, Weary Christian father, know that you are not alone.
Dear Weary Christian, you do not need to struggle alone. You are not required to be strong all the time. Take rest, take care of yourself. Do not lose your spirit among the weight of the world. Jesus continues to say:
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
God doesn’t want you to struggle through your life alone. He wants to take the weight off your shoulders and walk alongside you. So come to him, let him bear your yoke. Dance in the freedom that God brings into our lives.