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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 3, 2014
Everyone needs rest for their soul. Margaret Elizabeth Gregory (Hertfordshire, England) wrote her story for The Upper Room titled, “INFINITE COMPASSION.”
To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders, (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God.
Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. (NLT)
Matthew 11:28-30 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. –Luke 12:6 (NRSV)
Here is Margaret Elizabeth’s story: “My elderly husband’s eyesight was deteriorating, and my own responsibilities as caregiver were increasing. I began to feel completely overlooked. I understood that my husband was at the forefront of everyone’s concerns, but on one particular day I felt I was regarded only as an attachment to him rather than a person in my own right.
“In my daily Bible reading and prayers that night, I didn’t ask for any help from god. However as I was falling asleep, the thought came to me: Jesus values me as no one else does. He knows me personally and loves me. I had been taught this most of my life, yet only at this moment did the thought really hit home. It was so comforting and empowering and came at a time when I most needed strength to cope with the challenges ahead.
“Looking back, I marvel at God’s generosity in restoring my feelings of confidence and self-worth. God knew my needs and helped me before I even asked.
“Because God is boundlessly compassionate to us, we can show compassion to those around us. We can rely on God’s Spirit to guide and direct us in what we say and do.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – All the kindness we give or receive shows God’s compassion
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to feel your compassion for us each day. Make us sensitive to the needs of others, whether spoken or unspoken. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
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COMPASSION, COMPASSIONATE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/compassion-compassionate/
SERVICE, SERVING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/service-serving/
ETERNAL LIFE (HEAVEN): https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/eternal-life-heaven/
OBEDIENCE, OBEY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/obedience-obey/
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