Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Garner
Letter from the Pastor
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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 11:28-30
As I write this note, I am still mindful of the blessing of a vacation two weeks ago. That time was refreshing and renewing for me, not only after a full Lenten Season and Easter Sunday, but also this past year that we have had. During my time away I did a good bit of reading and one theme that emerged over and over was how tired and exhausted people everywhere are. Pastoral calls and conversations with a number of our fellowship, as well as colleagues and friends beyond the Raleigh area confirmed in my heart and mind that things are heavy and we feel acutely that burden these days. But those conversations also confirmed a resilience—rooted in the passage from Matthew 11—that following Jesus provides.
Tired as many of us may be, there are still too many moments of grace to count: acts of service to neighbors and community; notes and cards written to lift someone’s spirits; gatherings of prayer, study, and plain old fun on Zoom; some new idea for ministry that our church can pursue.
All these examples show that when we follow Jesus, we can trust that our tired and sometimes frazzled body, minds, and souls, are embraced by a presence that is gentle, humble, and full of love. This love gives us rest, not so we can be idle, but so that we can be strengthened to share that same gentleness, humility, and love with the world and with ourselves. In the process, we can remember that our offerings—even when we feel less than 100%–can be magnified and deepened by the Lord we serve.
So if you are feeling distressed these days, fatigued, drained, I invite you to take a deep breath;
If you are worried, frantic, uncertain about what tomorrow will bring, I invite you to pause and pray;
If you feel like there is just too much for you to do or handle right now, I invite you to share that burden and know you are not alone.
We are on the same road together.
And so is Jesus, offering us rest and strengthening us for what is next.
May we come to him in these days to know his peace and to receive the strength and renewal that we, that others, and that the world so needs.
The Lord Bless and Keep you,
To read The Spire in it’s entirety please click on the following link: May Spire 2021