Have you ever walked into a church and felt crowded?

I don’t mean to the people. I mean crowded in yourself — the inward tug you get when the junk of your life clings on and won’t let go. When recent conversations, work troubles, and sin issues hang like a fog. Or when there’s been a diagnosis or some unforeseen drain on your bank account that you can neither avoid nor afford.

You know that feeling? When you walk into church like that, it’s hard to get out of your own head and see past yourself. The past won’t let you move forward, but the future isn’t all that enticing either.

Some of us carry small, individual burdens that cause us to walk through life with some hindrance.  There are some of us who carry many small burdens.  The collective weight of these burdens is beginning to be too much for us to carry.  And some of us carry much larger burdens that have simply become too much to bear.

You may carry a burden that has come to you completely outside of your control.  You may not even have known how much the burden was weighing you down until you suddenly realized that its weight had actually become unbearable.

God’s words remind us to “Leave it there”

God doesn’t want us to carry our burdens.  He asks us to lay them down at the foot of the cross.  He wants us to surrender our heavy loads to him.

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. -Psalm 55:22

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  -Matthew 6:26

It takes an act of our own will to give up our burdens.  We can sit in the presence of God and hear him speaking to us but today we need to take action to allow God to give us total peace by laying down that which causes us pain.  The act of laying down your burden may be just the beginning for you – it may be totally appropriate for you to seek further assistance in finding complete peace.  Or it may be that a simple act of faith and surrender is all that it needs.

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Here’s a song from Joey and Rory that can help us on our spiritual reflection.

Leave It There

Leave It There” is a Christian hymn composed in 1916 by African-American Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley.It has become popular enough to have been included in 12 hymnals; even to be attributed to “traditional” or “anonymous”. The title is sometimes given as “Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There” or as “Take Your Burden to the Lord” or as “Take Your Burden“, words taken from the song’s refrain; the plurals “burdens” and “them” are sometimes used, and “God” instead of “the Lord”:[3]

Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

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