Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Rhythms of Grace"

"Are you tired? Worn out?
Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

“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 (NIV)

I find Christ's words of encouragement and comfort apt for application during the busy days of Advent. An invitation to slow down, remember who we are awaiting, and follow his example in our approach to the Christmas season. Shop, bake, wrap gifts, journey to family gatherings via the "rhythms of grace.'