(Matthew 11:16-30) Pastor Carol Weist
Have you ever seen young children play the flute, and no one danced? Perhaps not. However, perhaps you have seen a young child read a book out loud, and no one listened. Admittedly, adults do have tasks to get done, such as get the next meal on the table so everybody gets fed.
Have you ever seen a young child wail and no one comforted that child? Perhaps that child is wailing because the answer was no to a request. Perhaps that child does not need to make such a big commotion about every stubbed toe and nicked elbow. Perhaps that child is wailing about something truly sad.
Jesus did not come playing the flute. At least there is no mention of Jesus playing the flute in scripture.
Centuries earlier, when David who was to become King David was a youth he was known for his musical skill, for how beautifully he played a small easily carried harp called a lyre. Many psalms, prayer songs, are attributed to David: songs of rejoicing, songs of lament, songs of instruction, songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
When Jesus came many did not go along with him. When Jesus came, he was grieved by the state of humankind, all the sin, evil, immorality, lying, deceit, and corruption.
Not everybody was grieved by all that sin, but Jesus was. He came to give us another chance, not just another chance but transformed lives. He came that we might sing praise to God the Father with renewed and transformed vigor, rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn.
Yet so many are weary and carrying heavy burdens. They are like sheep without a shepherd, neglected, ignored. When they have a happy song, no one hears. When they are sad, no one hears. So many, so lonely.
And Jesus says, “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) Continue reading