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Come to Jesus

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Matthew 11:16-19 & 25-end

Years ago, my sister was teaching at a boarding school in Kenya, in Africa, and I went on holiday to visit her for a month, never having travelled much further than the Isle of Weight! We hired a car, and travelled around a bit – through a game park, with giraffe and many elephants. We also went to the coast with palm trees flowering bushes, and wonderful white sand and sparkling sea.

Once school had finished for the holidays, we offered a lift home in the country, to a girl, who would not have looked out of place in London, with her smart mini skirt, red patent leather shoes, and makeup.

After some time we stopped by the side of the road and she pointed out her home – three round huts on the horizon: we had to cross a field of cabbages to reach them. Her father was a farmer – he had two wives, and each lived in one of the huts, and the other was the kitchen. What I specially remember, was seeing in the field behind the huts, one of his workers ploughing with two oxen yoked together – pulling a large wooden plough.

Jesus said

Come to me, all of 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 and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:28-29)

We all believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father...
(But) do we believe that when God sees us He smiles; that God is proud of us – even when we’re not proud of ourselves?

God made us and we’re His!
Do we believe God is on our side, that He is for us- that He loves us?

He does love us very much indeed, and He wants us to share His love, and love to one another.

Does He want us to help bear another’s load? Perhaps he wants to use us to show his mercy and love to others [God has no hands but our hands…] - maybe to someone with whom we’ve fallen out.. someone in our family, or someone who is struggling.

In our reading Jesus said that when we are weary, tired, and fed-up (we need to remember that) he, Jesus, invites us to come to Him, and be yoked to Him, (as those oxen were that I saw in Africa who, together, could pull the heavy load) so that He can take our burdens and worries and fears, however big they seem to be.
Amen