Come to Me

2-22By Robert Glenn of Evansville, Indiana, USA

“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

One Sunday our congregation was blessed to have a guest minister as the speaker. The theme was the “Spirit of God.” In his sermon the speaker shared how his business partner had taken three years of their tax money and misused it. The speaker said he became depressed. He wanted to talk to someone about his burden. Then, unexpectedly, he got a phone call from a friend, a minister, who said he would fly to see him in a couple of hours.

They talked. They went to God and prayed together. The speaker knew he had been blessed. He also knew when God blesses you in such a manner, God might ask you to be a blessing to someone else.

It wasn’t long until one of his associates was in dire need of help. Our speaker felt prompted by the Spirit to visit her. He was on his way to a conference, but he had enough time to visit this distressed woman, who had been praying for help. They talked and cried together. They shared her burden and went to God in prayer. This short, but timely, visit was a blessing.

When God leads and blesses us we should prepare to be a blessing to others. The congregation, as a source of witness, was a blessing to me and others seeking the way of Christ who said, “Come to me.”

Prayer for Peace
Burden-sharing God, we are blessed to be a blessing. You have shared your peace with us that we might share it with others.

Spiritual Practice: Experience Congregations in Mission
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a–d. Reread the sentence, “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ.” Make a list of the issues you feel mattered most to Christ. Make another list of issues that matter to your congregation. Reflect on the similarities and differences. How can you help align the lists? Throughout the day, as issues arise, ask yourself, “Would this matter to Christ?”

Peace Covenant
As I have been blessed, God, so I will bless those who are burdened.

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