These are certainly strange times that we are living through!

Ever since March of last year, we have been dealing with a microscopic virus that has brought the world to its knees!

As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Americans found themselves in the midst of a very contentious election.

No matter where you fall in the political realm, I think everyone would agree that there is great division in this country — greater than anything I have lived through in my lifetime, and I have occupied this planet for over 60 years now.

Last week, it all seemed to catch up with me. It was one of the grayest (is that even a word?) days I have seen, and I sat slumped in my easy chair not wanting to do anything but take a nap!

I then decided to take a break from reading my online newsfeeds, forced myself to go and workout and plugged myself into some easy listening music from the Pandora app on my phone.

Something happened.

I was listening to a song — I don’t even remember the name of it, but there was a verse about trying to carry burdens that were meant for the Lord.

It occurred to me that I was doing exactly that: I was trying to carry burdens that were meant for the Lord. I felt my slump begin to ease as I started to come back to life.

While it may sound cliché, when my life gets difficult and I start to sink, the words of scripture pull me up again.

I welcome such verses as Isaiah 40:29, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength” (ESV). And the words of Jesus that say, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:29-30).

While we may be in for more challenging times ahead, I rejoice that I have a living Lord who wants to carry my load and so do you!

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