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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)
TITLE: Weary Women
By melinda morgan
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Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
When we really stop to look at the world we now live in, it can be heart-
breaking and overwhelming. There is so much pain and suffering in the hearts of
so many. Very recently I have felt God leading me to get out and spend time
with the women in my community. This is a very difficult task for me due to the
circumstances that are involved. The women I am to attempt to reach are sick
with addiction, and many are prostitutes that I see every morning while walking
my son to his bus stop. I pass them daily while going to and from his bus stop as
well as going to the grocery store, the library, and church. I see the pain in their
eyes and feel the weariness they must endure every single day. There are days
that I am unable to shake the emotions I feel knowing that I was once sick with
addiction and weariness, and I have been saved by the grace of God while they
are dying inside.
It has occurred to me on many occasions to share His Word and offer some
advice to express how much God loves them. I have spoken to a couple of these
women briefly, but couldn't find the appropriate words. I have lost much sleep over this absence of wisdom to speak of faith and God's never-ending love. This
absence has recently been replaced with the courage of using my past suffering
to share my story with these women. I have battled with weariness and hopelessness most of my life. A weariness that kept me in bondage without hope.
As women, we all find ourselves weary and overburdened in our struggle to
survive and endure the weight of the world as it gets heavier and heavier. Only by
letting go of the pain and handing our lives over to Christ can we see our way out
of darkness. Each of us has a story, and our story can give encouragement to others no matter the differences, we have one desire that we all share and that desire is the strength to endure what lies ahead. In Matthew, chapter 11, verse 28, Jesus says if we are weary and overburdened, come to him and he will give us rest. This overwhelms me to know that I only have to go to Him for the rest I need. He will and has given me rest when it seemed impossible. I find refuge in His word, and joy in sharing this message with others. As we use our faith and God's guidance, we find ourselves resting in His everlasting love.
When I approach the weary women in this world, I have the knowledge of the promises of our savior, Jesus Christ. I have the memories of when I was so tired from my addictions that I at some moments prayed for death. I have not forgotten the pain and hopelessness that consumed me, not allowing me peace of mind or love in my heart. I was empty, cold, and lost. I suffered many years, alone and afraid. It was not until I was at rock bottom, that I found myself reaching out to God and begging for mercy, for rest. In that desperate moment, He gave me mercy and rest. I know that without his grace I cannot endure the troubles of this world. I also know that I only have to go to him for that grace. I no longer suffer, for I have been freed from that bondage. God has loved me all my days, I just had to remember.
If you are suffering, sick, and overburdened, be still. Call out to Jesus, go to him, and He will give you rest. The weariness will disappear and be replace with joy, mercy, and most of all everlasting love.
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