Last weekend Opening to the Sacred, the retreat ministry I share with a friend who is also a spiritual director, offered a retreat called Rest For Your Soul. We had a good group and it was a lovely day of exploring scripture, prayer, and reflection. 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. Matthew 11:28-29
My partner considered the nature of aspen trees. A stand or grove of aspens grows from a single seed. It the the root system that spreads and the trees multiply in this way. We related that to our connectedness as people of God. For as the days of a tree , so will be the days of my people. Isaiah 65:22b
It was a quiet, wisdom-filled and restful day.
Moved by the sharing of ideas and thoughts about the Matthew text, I wrote a poem
I thought a yoke was limiting But it depends on the "yokees" Being yoked to Christ means freedom Trusting in loving guidance. We are led in the Way designed for us Specially and lovingly for us Not sent where we don't want to go But in the direction we must go to fulfill our destiny Our own path but side by side With the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. I will take your yoke and I learn from you In gratitude and humility In Awe In love