Scripture: Galatians 6:1-10
Key verse: (9a) So let us not grow weary in doing what is right.
Reflection: I’ve chopped wood all day, (it’s how we heated my childhood home for the winter,) and cycled some of the biggest hills on the Cabot Trail. I have pulled all-nighters writing sermons and I often did the midnight shift at a homeless shelter during seminary. I’ve helped nurse sick children, got into a book (or Netflix binged) and forgotten the time and I have driven into the wee hours of the morning trying to get to where we were going. Every single one of those things made me very tired. But it was the kind of tired that a night’s rest joined by a lazy sleep-in and good java could handle without any trouble. All was well before very long.
Weary though. Well, that’s another thing all together. When you are weary, one word can flatten you and the wrong kind of email can make you lose your bones all at once. Weariness makes you tired before you even start and makes you feel like whatever it is that’s going on will never ever stop. You can sleep as long as you like when you are weary, you’ll still wake up exhausted.
The word weary comes from an old English word that means to crumble or break down. Weariness isn’t about being tired. It’s about feeling crushed. Weariness comes from having no hope and no voice and no help in dealing with what is happening to you and around you. Weariness whispers to you that you are weak and what’s against you is so very strong. You keep trying to get it right, make it right, do it right, but weariness convinces you it’s nothing but wrong every.single.time.
What you really wish you had, weary one, is a partner for the journey, some strength for the struggle, light for the darkness, patience and grace for the interminable, joy to out-distance the despair, and sweet truth for every falsehood you encounter. You wish you had enough love to cover the hate and enough wisdom to speak to the constant nonsense spouted everywhere you go. All of these are needed if you are to avoid being weary and you need more of it than you can ever muster on your own.
‘Come to me,’ the holy, scandalous one said. Yes, come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest and an easy yoke, a light burden and a great call to go back out there and love and serve this old world with everything you got and with everything I gave you.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].