To Be Given Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

These past few months, several in our congregation have been dealing with painful, frightening medical issues that have the potential to change everything for them.  The process of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment already has changed everything, and even treatment itself can be so wearying.

The experience of a life threatening illness can feel like a personal earthquake to a patient and their family.  Nothing feels certain, much is unsteady and a moving target.  So there is desperate need for an anchor to hold on to.

Here is what we believe for them and for ourselves:

You are in God’s care, no matter what.
He is in control, not us.
He knows what being afraid feels like and tells us not to fear.
He has promised you will know His care and comfort.
He will not abandon you in your time of need.
He will let you rest.

Despite the foundations of our lives, our bodies and the earth trembling as we lay down our heads at night, we will sleep soundly.  He has promised us rest.

Amen.

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