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“Rest for Our Souls”
 
We all know what it is like to be tired.
Before becoming a pastor, I had a physically demanding job. At the end off some days, my hands, fingers and other body parts simply ached.
 
However, when I was doing this hard physical labor, I found that my mind was still ready to go.
For three years, I did my job and also took ministry classes and preached mostly at small churches that didn’t have a regular pastor. It was refreshing to study and write after a physically demanding day.
 
Now that I am in ministry full time, I find it not to be very physically demanding. It is, however, mentally exhausting.
 
I invite you to read the following scriptures.
Matthew 11:25-30
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
 
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
 
I relate to these last three verses.
Sometimes it feels like I can’t go on, but then the Lord sends rest for my soul and I am ready to go again.
 
It is like my spiritual battery is on empty, and the Lord and His Word, through His Holy Spirit brings me to a full charge again.
 
I am so thankful to the Lord for His willingness to work through a sinner like me. As He does His work in me, I too find my soul refreshed. What a marvelous Lord we serve.

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