“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” — Psalm 119:28
We are a weary people. We grow weary as we work, care and strive to provide for ourselves and the ones we love. Weariness is not new to us; throughout the ages, both men and women have been burdened by it. Sometimes our weariness is physical, caused by working our bodies past the reasonable mark of a normal workday. Sometimes our weariness is mental, as we worry about mistakes made or loss experienced. Other times our weariness is deeply emotional, as we wait for the wayward child or spouse to return home or anticipate a letter of either good or bad report.
We grow weary from the internal conflict against sin. We are people who wrestle daily against ourselves. We are inherently selfish, rebellious, prideful and wicked. If truth be told, we hate that about ourselves, because it brings such trouble and pain into our lives. Our sinful state illuminates the need for our salvation; our parched hearts thirst, hunger and long for peace.
Jesus Christ runs to those who are weary. He earnestly seeks us and meets us in our weakness. He brings his strength and extends his care and healing to the lame, the maimed, the blind and the broken. He adopts the least of us as his own and accepts those the world rejects. He mends the brokenhearted.
Jesus Christ, in his relentless tenderness, extends his light and love to those who are overwhelmed by darkness. He brings hope to the hopeless and forgiveness to the unforgivable. Like a sheep with no shepherd, he is moved with compassion toward all those who are lost. Hear him calling you now.
“Come to me, all 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 your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30
• The Rev. Glen Morden is minister of Patterson Covenant Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.