How clear is our vocation, Lord, when once we heed Your call:
To live according to Your Word and daily learn, refreshed, restored,
That You are Lord of all and will not let us fall.
But if, forgetful, we should find Your yoke is hard to bear;
If worldly pressures fray the mind, and love itself cannot unwind
Its tangled skein of care; our inward life repair.
We marvel how Your saints become in hindrances more sure;
Whose joyful virtues put to shame the casual way we wear Your name
And by our faults obscure Your pow’r to cleanse and cure.
In what You give us, Lord, to do, together or alone,
In old routines or ventures new, may we not cease to look to You,
The cross You hung upon– all You endeavored done.
~Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000
“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.” Matthew 11:28-30
Lord, may we indeed look to You in these troubled times to see the depth of Your love for us as shown to us by the Cross. There You gave Your life for us as You bore the wrath of Your Father who turned His face from You when all He could see was mankind’s sins obscuring His beloved Son. The Holy forsaking the unholy mess that was You. And now, You come alongside us in our times of trouble and shoulder our griefs and our burdens willingly, faithfully, lovingly. Thank You, Lord Jesus. May Your strength be ours. May Your light be light in us and keep us ever faithful to You! In Your name we pray, Amen.