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“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jer. 31:25

 

Lord Jesus, this one small verse is the ocean of your mercy, a cornucopia of well-timed grace, the Swiss Alps of your love, our sure hope in our un-sure world. Come shepherd us.

Thankfully, we don’t have to pretend around you. We don’t have to feign strength or make excuses. There’s no need to buck up, bail out, or blame others. Jesus we need what you promise in this passage—what you alone can give.

What makes us weary? Where do we start? What’s really going on inside those with whom we live, walk, and work? Most people are struggling more than we realize—carrying more burdens than you designed human shoulders to bear.

If the emotional reserves of our hearts were measurable like gas in our cars, many are dangerously close to running on fumes. Underneath the quiet surface may be a violent tornado of shame, fear, and self-contempt. Behind much loud anger is dammed-up sadness—years of unvoiced hurt, disregarded pain, and unwept tears.

Free us to get the help we need. And give us your compassion for those who have no clue what’s going on inside them. Turn our hasty reactions to their presenting “self” into slow listening and kind presence.

Jesus, you still command, invite, cry out to us, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Thank you. We come. So Very Amen.

 

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