What Do They Want?

 

What do they want?  What do they need? I truly don’t have many folks to buy presents for, but, no matter, it is a question asked by all this Christmas Season. Should it be practical? No one wants underwear. Should it be edible? If they are like most people these days they are on some kind of diet. Should it be extravagant? No, that only makes for feelings of obligation. Should it be money? Seems impersonal, yet we all want a little spending money for the after Christmas sales. It always comes down to this-I buy what I like and many times buy one for myself, too!  Now, I know I am not alone in this. I have heard many, many others say the very same thing. Well, think about it. All we really know is what we need and want. We can only project some of those same feelings onto those we love. It’s worked in the past, I think, so … it’ll have to do until I can read minds.

Here’s my list, Santa.  I want: to be a nicer person … to learn to curb my tongue … to lose 15-20 pounds and keep it off … to learn to relax … my body is always tense and ready to pounce like I’m in constant fight or flight mode … to Let Go and Let God handle my problems cause I surely make a mess of things when I step in and try to make things ‘right’ … to live and let live … to stop projecting my high expectations upon others … it is exhausting for me to live up to my own expectations, why would I want to wish that burden on someone I love … to expect others to love me back … all I can do is offer my love and let them do with it what they will … to quit trying to buy love … always a losing purchase price … to listen more to others when my mind is so cluttered and pre-occupied, that the speaker’s words are merely white noise in the background … to stop feeling like everything has to be perfect … no one or thing is perfect … not on this Earth … to accept my own flaws and gently forgive myself and move on … to learn how to be a friend … to stop as I just did to discover what the extremely loud bird chatter outside was all about … I discovered a horde, a mass, a plethora of birds in all the nearby tree tops … I stood quietly and watched, not wanting to disturb their respite from their long flight from who knows where to their winter destination … so glad I did watch, wait, and witness.

Well, it seems I have come full circle to the lesson You would have me learn today, Dear Lord … to stop, watch, wait, and witness.  That’s all? It’s too simple! I simply stop? Stop all the many destructive behaviors I listed above. Stop! Watch! Wait! Listen!

Thank You, Dear Lord for reminding me to,

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke 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 Phillips New Testament

Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.” Matthew 11:28-30   The Living Bible

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30  New Living Translation

“If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.  Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30  Contemporary English Version

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30  King James Version

“Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.” Matthew 11:28-30  The Living Bible

My personal favorite is The Message version.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30  The Message

 

I was not familiar with this hymn, but, it says it all so beautifully.

 

I’ve Found my Lord and He is Mine   Author: Daniel Sidney Warner 1842-1895

I’ve found my Lord and He is mine,
He won me by His love;
I’ll serve Him all my years of time,
And dwell with Him above.

Refrain:
His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I’ve found it so, I’ve found it so;
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow.                                                                                                                                                

No other Lord but Christ I know,
I walk with Him alone;
His streams of love forever flow,
Within my heart His throne. [Refrain]

He’s dearer to my heart than life,
He found me lost in sin;
He calmed the sea of inward strife,
And bade me come to Him. [Refrain]

My flesh recoiled before the cross,
And Satan whispered there,
“Thy gain will not repay the loss,
His yoke is hard to bear.” [Refrain]

I’ve tried the road of sin and found,
Its prospects all deceive;
I’ve proved the Lord, and joys abound,
More than I could believe. [Refrain]

 

 

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