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Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

2:17 PM

What does it mean, to be “held?”

Natalie Grant’s voice came over the radio…

            This is what it means

            to be held

            When the sacred is torn from your life

            and you survive…

I looked over at Dad in the passenger seat, actually, the Dad in our new normal. Since Dementia, his personality has changed from flamboyant to quiet. It’s been an adjustment to watch him go from a being a conversationalist, to struggling to carry on a conversation. But he’s in good health, his mind is with us and we have these days together to be family.

In this week’s lesson, our Women’s Bible Study Class takes a look at Matthew 11:28-30.

            “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”

Davis Dictionary of the Bible says a yoke is “a small transverse bar of timber, generally with two portions of the lower surface hollowed so as to rest on the necks of two oxen,  used to draw a cart or a plow. Figuratively – any burden imposed on one as a token and a means of subjection.”

Jesus says to work with Him. When I pull against His plan for me, I lose patience, feel exhausted and purposeless. But when I am subjected, or submitted to Christ, He carries my burden with me. (Click to Tweet.)

Carol Kent says, when we meet our new normal, God gives us the opportunity “to choose life, gratitude, vulnerability, involvement, forgiveness, trust, and action.”

And that is when I submit to the yoke with Jesus.

And that is when I feel held.



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What does it mean, to be “held?”
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