Concordia Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas holds services each Sunday at 9 a.m. & Bible study at 10:15 a.m.
COME UNTO ME, YE WEARY - JUNE / JuLY 2019
Matthew 11:28-30 : [Jesus says] “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The late O.P. Kretzmann said it best. “With inevitable certainty today becomes yesterday and tomorrow becomes today. The world in which we live offers us only change and decay and the restless weariness which brings no peace to the crying heart and no comfort to the searching soul. Day after day the sun sets, the shadows grow long and dark and the voices of friends die away one by one. Our only hope in all the changing tides of time lies in the sure conviction that He in whom there is no variableness of shadow or turning will hold us fast in the hollow of His blessed hand.”
We live and learn. If the passing years are teaching anything at all, they are driving home the truth of the words of St. Augustine: “O God, my soul knows no rest until it rests in You.” We realize, however, that this is not an easy thing to say. Most people think of rest as only a cessation of movement, a silence of the drone of daily noises, or an end of the daily schedule with the taking up of a different schedule. This is a physical rest only, without thought of Jesus or, at least, a rest of our spirits and souls.
This is true also of vacation. Two thousand years ago a young man from Nazareth and a few fishermen took a long vacation. “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” Our Savior said to His companions. For a while they wandered through cities and plains, among people whose astonished exclamations would become “Crucify Him!” And perhaps the most striking thing would come in that word, “Come.” Jesus did not say “Go.” He knew the true depths of the shadow of this world. He also knew more intimately the real value of the silence of body and soul and a true communion with the Father. He knew the importance of the stillness of a heart worn by care which draws strength from the Lord and Savior who calls “Come to Me.”
Were the disciples disappointed that on this vacation they were to remain in the healing presence of the Master? Did they feel that to be with Christ among the hills would mean a restriction of their liberty and free time? We may be sure that such thoughts never entered their minds. The freedom of vacation would have been a failure with Christ. Every hour of leisure was twice blessed and every flower of the field was more beautiful and every brooklet has a sweeter music because the Lord whom they loved was there.
We have come upon the time of vacation and rest. Some have a stay-cation enjoying some peace and quiet at home. Some visit family and friends, doing what they only wish they can do during normal weeks. Some others still travel far and wide in order to separate themselves from the cares of the every day. But the one thing they can never forget, or forget to take with them, is that rest of communion with our Savior, that time of rest, reflection, and time with Him and His Word. It is good to get away from the world, but do not let that be an excuse to also get away from the source of true peace, true quiet, and true rest.
In His peace,