As you struggle to juggle your time commitments and roles in life do you ever feel lost? Does your family’s calendar look something like this at times: 5:30 a.m. alarm goes off; get kids ready for school and on the bus by 6:45 a.m.; on the way to work by 7:00 a.m.; call spouse to tell them to pick up daughter from basketball practice at 4:30 p.m.; go from work to pick up son from friend’s house at 5:00 p.m. make, eat, and clean up supper by 6:00 p.m.; take youngest daughter to gymnastics at 6:30 p.m.; help children with their homework and get done by 8:00 p.m.; children ready for bed and tucked in by 8:30 p.m.; all you want is to sit on the couch and watch NCIS, but you can’t because you need to make cupcakes for the class party at your son’s school tomorrow; 11:00 p.m. last cupcake frosted and lights out. Buzz, buzz, buzz, 5:30 a.m. alarm goes off and it starts all over…
Do you ever feel lost? Do you ever feel like it’s a never ending struggle to keep up with life and the life of your family? Do you ever feel guilty because you can’t meet the needs of everyone and be everywhere all the time? Do you feel guilty because you snapped at your children when they asked you for help on their math assignment or you shouted your words of anger at your spouse and the moment you said them you wished you could take them back? Who hasn’t done those things and felt that way?
Listen to the words of Jesus, “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). Our sin gives us no peace. Our failures only make us realize we need to do better next time, but then we realize we fail again no matter how hard we try. That’s why Jesus’ words are so comforting to you and me. Where do we find the solution to life’s biggest stress-producer: sin? We find it in the Savior who is never too busy to see to our needs. We find it in the Savior who lived and died in our place so that in him we find rest for our souls both now and for eternity. We find it in the Savior who went to the grave and back for us so that we will have eternal peace in heaven. That’s the message we preach and hear every Sunday at St. John. We pray that you will join us to hear that message of peace through Jesus. We worship every Sunday at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Join us! We’d love to meet you! - Pastor Phil Bigelow