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To the Weary and Faint

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

Lord Jesus, thankfully, you’re the “I” in this verse. You’re speaking to each of us—the weary and faint ones. It’s freeing to know that we don’t have to feel guilty, feign strength, or make excuses in your presence.

You greet us as a loving Savior, not as a disgruntled coach. You meet us with the Gospel, not with a scorecard—with grace, not a grimace. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Why do we feel weary and faint? Well for starters, virus fears and culture wars continue to sap us emotionally. Transitions in our vocations, and the need for a vacation; new forms of loneliness, and normal joys taken from us; plans that keep changing, and bad attitudes that don’t.

Jesus, things just keep adding up. We so look forward to an eternity of no more brokenness and sickness in any form—physically, emotionally, culturally, globally.

Until then, and forever, there’s no sufficient refreshment apart from you. Thankfully, you still cry out in a loud voice for the thirsty ones to come to you and drink (John 7:37). You still beckon the weary and heavy laden to come to you for rest (Matthew 11:28). We hear you, and we come.

Settle and center our hearts today with the good news—the fresh news of the Gospel. Help us rest in your love; feel your passing-all-understanding peace; and know you don’t just “have our backs,” but everything else too. So very Amen we pray, in your mighty and merciful name.

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