A Prayer for the Weary

2018-0719

A PRAYER FOR THE WEARY

Gracious God, at times my life seems to be too much.

Too full.
Too demanding
Too consuming.

Everything feels necessary, even important,
but weariness creeps across my body and soul
like storm clouds gathering in an open sky.

As my body is depleted of energy,
my mind loses interest in what normally enthuses me.

My tired soul sags as if it were a balloon losing its air.

Sometimes I feel so spent that even restorative sleep seems to elude me.

Help me sort the truly important from what only seems important.

Give me courage to say no to what drains rather than feeds me.

Help me find brief moments to sit in perfect stillness while you massage my soul.

And, when I go to my nightly sleeping place,
wrap your darkness around me like the softest cloak,
so that I may rest peacefully in your embrace.

I ask this for the sake of your love.  Amen.

— Author unknown

“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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Jesus speaking, Matthew 11:28-30)

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