Beliefnet
Mark D. Roberts

Excerpt

Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 55:22

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Prayer
O Lord, what a welcome invitation! Not only am I set free from carrying my burden alone, but also my partner in burden-bearing is none other than the all-powerful Sovereign of the Universe. I couldn’t ask for a better helper!
Yet You do not usually take away my burden completely. Yes, You do lighten my load. Yet You continue to allow me – indeed, to call me – to carry my part. In this You sustain me, giving me the strength to keep on going. In a sense, we are partners in burden-bearing.
So, today, Lord, I’m casting these burdens on You, with gratitude for Your ever-present help and comfort.
[Take time to share with the Lord those things that are heavy on your heart today.]

Postscript

Nathan and Dad backpackingJesus said, “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 11:28-29
Picture
When my son, Nathan, as six years old, we went on our first backpacking trip. Though he was carrying a small pack, the climb to our camping spot was steep, and soon he got tired. (We did not know at the time that he also had asthma, and was struggling to breath.) With about a mile to go, I took his pack and strapped it to my own. From that point onward Nathan enjoyed the hike more than he had previously, and arrived at our camp site in fine spirits. Sometimes it helps to have somebody who can carry your burden.

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