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Yoked to Jesus

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” †  Mathew 11: 28-30  What is the labour and burden that Jesus is asking me to deal with? Perhaps I have to let go of the compulsive burden (or is it a sort of entitlement?) that my spouse and children should choose a spiritual path that I know to be right. Jesus accompanied Judas Iscariot to the very end but never deprived him of his freedom to choose his own destiny. Jesus on the other hand, uninterrupted by Judas's choice to reject him, continues to accomplish his mission. He does become a victim of Judas's betrayal but he seldom takes on the victim's identity. In divine wisdom, Jesus chooses to die in our place (and that of Judas) in a redeeming act of love. Rather than being compelled to fix those whom God has entrusted to my headship by m

When whip and thorns show up again!

Rough edges are there to smoothen me Pointed ones to poke me deep They exist in my life to remind me Of the distance I must tread to be good Don't I know I'm Gods work in progress Becoming the maker more or less These are tools my maker uses To chip off parts not in his plan Holy will I be if I permit and not resist Redeemed be my heart bit by bit Purifying me in the furnace of love Untill He sees his face shine in mine Thank you Lord for the many gifts given That makes me sad but makes me wise They purge my still ungodly side To abide totally as branch in the vine Pain and suffering are there to spare me From the surging fires of purging pyre Love cannot hate so I'm never alone Always by me is the shepherd so good Your chastisement is a sweet medicine That makes me chaste and cleanses sin Never let me forget thy care and desire When thy whip and thorns show up again