What I Read Today;

Romans 11; Matthew 11; Lamentations 2; Psalm 132; 1 Samuel 28

In my lifetime, I don’t remember a time when we need to hear the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, more than today.

Jesus tells us this:

Matthew 11:28-30, “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.” NRSV

We seem to be caught in some scene out of a crazy movie.  We have two opposing forces that are ready to engage in some sort of battle.

On one side, we have the Governors of Michigan, New York, California, and my home state of Illinois.  Each seems to be hell-bent on keeping their States shut down until this pandemic is over.  Complete safety will have to be met before we can end this lockdown.  Under these governors, small business owners may lose everything, unemployment will continue surging, and there will be no end in sight.

On the other side, we have Governors of Georgia, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Texas who are hell-bent on opening right now.  If there is a spike in deaths, so be it.

People are now beginning to pick sides.  In Michigan, the frightening sight of armed men standing outside the Governor’s mansion sent shockwaves across the country.  This even scared ultra-conservative news host Shawn Hannity into coming out against their actions.  Some in Chicago simply ignored the lockdowns and held parties all over the City.  Chicago Police had to break up over 1000 parties.  In New York, the police are suing the Mayor demanding to be released from enforcing the state orders.  Health care workers have taken to the streets to block protesters in other locations.

People are afraid.

Some fear the loss of homes, jobs, and the ability to care for loved ones.  Others fear the disease that has killed so many.  Many worry about government overreach and unchecked executive power.  There is great concern about the lack of access to loved ones who are locked in nursing homes.  The concern over the loss of civil rights has reached all the way to the Attorney General of the United States.

We don’t know where this is going to go.  The end is not in sight.  But we do know that Jesus is there.  Take some time today and meditate on the words of our Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30, “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.” NRSV

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