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September 1, 2021

Just a few thoughts today as lately I have been thinking a lot (which is always scary 😊). I got in my pickup yesterday and ol’ Willie was singing “Uncloudy Day”, one of my favorite gospel songs. Lately we have had a lot of cloudy days and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. How are you handling it?
Do you remember Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh? Watching and listening to Eeyore usually made me as depressed as he was. He always had a bleak outlook on life, and never felt any positive emotions like happiness and excitement. I remember one conversation after Eeyore had lost his tail and then got a new one. Winnie the Pooh asks: “So, are you finally happy, Eeyore?” Eeyore answers: “No, but I sure do like this new tail.”
“Weary is a weighty word. It brings to mind heavy eyelids and aching joints, the worn out faces of those who have been borne too much. To be truly weary is a state of both body and soul. The women’s swollen face after she’s cried all that she can cry. The burned-out man collapsing on the couch after a brutal day. The couple who has gone round and round, circling the same impasse.
We know the difference between the kind of gratifying tiredness that comes from a good day’s work and the burden of weariness, when the hardness of life settles on us thick and leaden. The Book of Ecclesiastes names the latter the ‘weariness of the flesh’ (Ecclesiastes 12:12). It comes with desolation, anxiety, and the deep sigh of despair.
‘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 11:28-30).
Jesus calls the weary to himself. He calls those exhausted from toil, from just getting through the day. He calls those burdened with heavy loads, those weighed down by sin and sorrow. Jesus calls the weary not to follow their own way – that would be a heavy yoke indeed – but to submit to him and learn from him, to take on his yoke. Jesus’ yoke is light not because he promises ease or success, but because he promises to bear our burdens with us. He promises to shoulder our load. Jesus promises nothing more or less than himself. He will yoke himself to us and never leave our side. He won’t take away the weight we bear, but he will bear it with us.” (Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep, Tish Harrison Warren)
Sometimes we are weary because we too have a bleak outlook on life. We wonder: what will make us happy? It may be a different answer for each of us. But I know one thing that makes me feel better in the midst of my weariness.
Let’s return the conversation between Pooh and Eeyore. Again, Pooh asks: “So, are you finally happy, Eeyore?” Eeyore answers: “No, but I sure do like this new tail.” But it doesn’t end there. Eeyore adds: “Thanks for noticin’ me.” You see, that was all that Winnie the Pooh did. He noticed Eeyore and that made Eeyore’s day better. We have someone who notices us and seeks to make our day better and bear our burdens with us. That someone is Jesus Christ who can and will get us through our weariness and cloudy days. One day we will see that “home where no storm clouds rise and an unclouded day. Oh, they tell me that He smiles on His children there, And His smile drives their sorrows away; And they tell me that no tears ever come again, In that lovely land of unclouded day.” Until we get to that home far beyond the skies, Jesus will give is the strength to get through and will never leave our side. God bless and God’s got this.

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