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Friday, August 29, 2014

I greet thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
my only trust and Savior of my heart,
who pain didst undergo for my poor sake,
I pray thee from our hearts all cares to take.

Strasbourg Psalter’s “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
My wife and I are plotting a new hobby—touring. No, not a musical tour! We have purchased a couple of touring bicycles for some long-distance trips that we are excited to be taking. Before we made our purchases we did some research and talked with some people. There was this one sentence that a salesman told us that resonated with me. He said, “When you ride this bike without any weight on it, it is going to feel unresponsive and kind of clunky; but once you have some weight on it is going to settle down and feel very good.” The science behind this is that good touring bikes have strong and sturdy frames meant to handle
the weight.

In 1 Peter 5 there is a verse that says, “Put all of your cares (anxiety) onto God, because God cares for you.” All the weight that you have been carrying, God wants to take it—off your back, out of your arms—and carry it.

This is why I love God, because oftentimes when the weight in my life is the heaviest and I cannot go one more step—our gracious and loving God says, “I’ll take the weight.” And not only does God take the weight, but my relationship with God, which had been feeling distant and clunky, changes, and I settle down and I feel good:

I greet thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
my only trust and Savior of my heart,
who pain didst undergo for my poor sake,
I pray thee from our hearts all cares to take.

Prayer
Gracious God, please take the weight today. Amen.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator


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