Aching souls don’t come just from being on our feet.

Many people I know are tired. Others are exhausted. Some are stressed. A few are overwhelmed. Several are at the end of their rope. A bunch are weary, a handful are wiped out.

You may be one of those people.

Part of the problem can be blamed on the International Olympic Committee who chose London instead of the far more logical New York City. Coverage would have ended earlier. People would be getting more sleep.

I think the challenge is deeper than television scheduling. There wasn’t any television when Jesus said,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”

It’s a statement that we read with wistfulness and disbelief.

Much of what we’ve experienced in church hasn’t led us to rest. In fact, it leaves us weary (often) and burdened (occasionally). Many people run from church because it feels far from gentle. They run from church leaders who seem to miss the humble part of the job description. And those of us who haven’t run are busy with recruiting and planning and reading and practicing and doing. And, to be honest, worrying. We worry about whether we are measuring up, whether we are doing well enough.

Know what I mean?

The way the rest of the summer is shaping up, we’re not sure we’re going to find the rest we need. We have to cram in vacations and school starting and the rest of the Olympics and two conventions. There is a ton of opinion we have to read.

We know our souls need rest. But soul fatigue isn’t a new problem. Maybe Jesus has something.
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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.