Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/11/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Leawood UMC
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.” 

Today's Devotional

I just got back from a vacation in the mountains of Colorado. It was nice to turn off my phone, not check my email, and spend time in God’s creation. I felt fully relaxed and my spirit felt light. But I admit, when I went to work on Monday, all the calm and relaxation I experienced when on vacation was immediately forgotten. I began looking at my schedule and the piles of laundry I had, wondering “How will I get it all done?” I began to feel as though my yoke, the weight I was pulling was too heavy.  

I would think back to vacation, a time where I felt as though I had no care in the world and got frustrated, because I longed to return to a place where I could turn off all obligations for a few days. And yes, the yoke might feel heavy, with the bombarding emails and paperwork, but there are also those moments where my spirit is lifted and my yoke feels light. When I share a worshipful experience with others or when I meet new people and listen to their stories.  

My yoke is lighter when I take time for Sabbath, even if I’m not hiking up a mountain. And even though I have much to do in the month of October, I also know there will be so many moments of joy, where the load I carry is light, because I’m following in the ways of Jesus, in the ways of justice and compassion. Because I know too, there are many others who walk this path with me and make things easier. So, even if your burdens feel heavy, even if your heart is restless, know our brother and friend Jesus Christ, is there to give us rest. Whether in the mountains or plains, whether alone or with others, may your yoke be light. 

-- Maddi Baugous, associate pastor
Omaha First UMC

mbaugous@greatplainsumc.org

 

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious and humble God, we know we can turn to you when burdens of life are weighing us down. Help us find rest and comfort at all times in our lives, knowing your yoke is light. Together we pray. Amen.  

 

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