How hard we make things, O God,

how heavy the yoke we place on ourselves

through our insecurity and pride,

through our fear and unbelief,

through our denial and stagnation;

How threatening our world becomes

when we make life and joy depend on our own ability.


But, you have invited us to a different life, a deeper joy,

you have offered us a lighter yoke

if we will just stop for a moment

and follow you.


Thank you for your gently urgent whisper,

your softly persistent touch,

calling us to come, to rest,

and to lay down our self-imposed burdens;

With relief and hope we respond to your invitation,

gladly taking up your yoke,

joyfully lifting your burden,

and freely giving ourselves to you

in love, in praise and in service.