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I Will Give You Rest


Thurs­day. [Rom. 11:13–24; Matt. 11:27–30] Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. O divine, O dear, O sweet­est voice of Thine! Let us all fol­low the Lord Who calls us! But first we must feel some­thing diffi?cult and bur­den­some for us. We must feel that we have many sins, and that these sins are grave. From this feel­ing is born the need to seek relief. Faith will then show us that our only refuge is in the Lord and Sav­iour, and our steps will direct them­selves toward Him. A soul de?siring to be saved from sins knows what to say to the Lord: “Take my heavy, sin­ful bur­den from me; and I will take on Thy easy yoke.” And it hap­pens like this: the Lord for­gives the sins, and the soul begins to walk in His com­mand­ments. The com?mandments are the yoke, and sins are the bur­den. But com­par­ing the two, the soul finds that the yoke of the com­mand­ments is light as a feath­er, while the bur­den of sins is heavy as a moun­tain. Let us not fear read­i­ly accept­ing the Lord’s easy yoke and His light bur­den. In no oth­er way can we find rest unto our souls.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse