July 5, 2020 – Summer Helper Column

In the gospel for this week, our Lord cries out to us with His most intimate invitation. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” It is in this invitation that we might come face to face with the fear that following our Lord can be overwhelming, especially during these times. This temptation can draw us away from our Lord’s message. Our Lord says definitively, “Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.” However, we must always remember that for anyone, at any time, challenge is a promise. But what we do when faced with these challenges, our crosses, that separates the Christian from all else.

While many of us are called to act or be inactive in different ways, one universal choice must be made: We must turn to our Lord and find rest in Him. It is through doing this that we will find true peace. While we are often told that hiding from conflict is the way to this rest, our Lord shows us the opposite. By being fearless and walking confidently into Our Lord’s rest, we find true peace.

I hope and pray that this week and onward, we will all turn to our Lord and trust that through bearing our crosses, we will find true rest in the loving guidance and embrace of our Lord.

God Bless,

Carson Phillips

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