Monday, January 12, 2009

Daily - 1/12/09

Isaiah 55:1-3

1 All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!

2 Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.

3 Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the benefits assured to David.


God invites us to come to him, to lay our burdens at his feet, and to give over control of our lives to him. As verse 2 says, we spend so much time fighting that – spending our time, money, and effort on things that fail to satisfy. In reality, all we need is Christ. Check the end of verse 2: if we heed Him (ie, remain in him), we will eat well, and delight in rich fare.

We are to come heedfully, and listen, that we may have life. Father Martin did a great job describing this image in his homily this weekend. We can lay down our burdens – anxiety, fear, stress … ANYTHING – at Christ’s feet. He will accept the burden. If we can just as individuals trust God enough to give over control to Him, our paths become so much straighter. Here’s a little more Scripture to reinforce the point.


Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not;

6 In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."