I am independent and thrive on being busy. Yet, a total hip replacement at age 54 reminded me that it takes us all to make something happen. I went from being “too busy” to being totally dependent.
These comforting words of Jesus came to me: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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).
This text became clearer when I discovered that a yoke is a beam of wood that balances the weight of a heavy load. In my vulnerable state, my burden was neither easy nor light. I couldn’t even get dressed by myself; I had no choice but to rely on those around me.
I was overwhelmed and thankful for my community of faithful family and friends. We really can’t do it all by ourselves.
This message is excerpted from “Who needs church? We do.” by Anita Kuntz from the February 8, 2018, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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