Wednesday, September 15, 2010


A mother took her children to the beach. During a moment of relaxation, her young son suddenly interrupted her bliss, grabbed her by the hand and led her toward the shore where a sea gull lay dead.

“Mom,” he cried, “what happened to him?”

“He died and went to heaven,” was her answer.

Remaining quiet for a moment, he suddenly asked, “Why did God throw him back? Was he a reject?”

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The “all” includes everyone and the promise is “rest” – eternal rest which is the salvation He offers to all of us.

There are times when we feel unworthy or unwelcome, discouraged or depressed, anxious or ambivalent, fearful or frightened. All are feelings of rejection. Because Jesus knows that and has experienced that, He says, “Come.”

His word “come” cancels the word “reject.” The “come” is Jesus’ promise that He will accept us no matter what we have done or where we have been. There are no limits to His invitation. There is no end to his “rest.”

Prayer: We come to You, Heavenly Father, just as we are, knowing that You will not only accept us, but that You will never leave us nor forsake us. We thank You for the invitation and promise. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:25-30

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