Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fw: burdens

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 7:24 AM
Subject: burdens

Psalm 55:Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

The word 'burden' comes from old English and German words that mean "a load, weight, charge, duty;" 
Burdens come in different flavors.  Some of them are associated with daily responsibilities that we must bear to make a living, to raise a family, to provide leadership for others.  Other burdens are linked with ordeals we may be experiencing of sickness, personal relationships and unexpected circumstances.
Burdens are loads that we carry but we are told by the Psalmist that we should stop carrying them on our own backs and cast them...throw them...to the Lord.  Somehow I don't believe the burden just disappears when we do this.  The responsibility, or trial, or difficult relationship is still there but the Lord is also there.  And if we can throw the weight of the burden to Him we are promised that He will carry us!  In other words, He would have our burdens to become His because we ourselves are the burden He loves to carry.
Rob Smith

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