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Matthew 11:28

"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'"

Stressed out woman holding her head in her hands.

This pandemic has been exhausting. So many of us are weighed down with worries, obstacles, and pain. In such an exhausting situation we will only find real rest in the Prince of Peace.

Today your activity is to ask God to take your burdens from you. To accomplish this in a tangible way we are going to engage in the following exercise:

First, lay down in a comfortable place where it is quiet and you won't be interrupted. Next, think of two things that are weighing you down physically or emotionally right now. Symbolically place these issues in each of your hands. Close your hands tightly around each one of them. Feel the tension and discomfort that these burdens create for you. Now open each hand slowly, release each of these burdens over to Jesus, and relax your hand, raising it up in prayer. Now share your heart with God. He will give you rest.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Wix media)

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