Jesus is Alive

by Mary Stout

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

After church on Sunday, the grandkids came home singing how Jesus is alive. They sang it over and over and over. Their little faces transformed into beacons of the Light of Jesus as they sang. They often sing songs through the week they learned in church while they are playing. As I contemplated their hearts of worship that seemed to be playing out in front of me, I wondered what they had that most of us as adults don’t naturally have.

It hit me when I read today’s verses. Those hours in Kid’s BLAST and Sunday school have taught them to trust Jesus and know each day Jesus walks with them. They are learning Jesus is right beside them in good times and in not so good times. They have learned to get away with Jesus and trust in his word.

Today I have to choose this. I have to choose it tomorrow. Each day when we worship and give thanks to the Lord we are choosing to live life in the best way possible. Guided by the Father’s hand, we grow into better disciples as we rest in Jesus. He will surely strengthen us each day when our focus is on Him.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for keeping us sheltered in your loving arms each day. Remind us to see you in today, tomorrow, and every day. May your unforced rhythms of grace become ours as we walk toward you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen




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