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Come Unto Me, and I Will Give You Rest

I have a new devotional post up at my personal blog on Jesus' words, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Feel free to comment in either location.

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Lydia, I'm responding here because I keep running into error messages when I try to post the following comment over at Extra Thoughts:

Well said, and true enough, all of it. My own interpretation of that text is that when we labor onward alone, under our own steam, we are indeed heavy laden. When we join ourselves to the Body of Christ, by contrast, we find that – no matter how arduous our outward labors – we bear them but lightly, being aided mysteriously at every step.

I have experienced this difference, quite concretely.

By "Body of Christ," I don't mean the saints – although they are, of course, members of that Body – nor do I mean the Church whom they constitute. I mean Christ himself. It is in virtue of joining ourselves to him that we become members of the Church, and saints. I mean, yes, it is a great help and comfort to have the company of fellow Christians along the way. But joining oneself to the other saints is rather like joining oneself to the cells of a body, rather than to the Person who is the regnant occasion and spirit of that body.

When I join myself to Christ, all my labor and discomfort becomes almost magically easier.

Lewis notices somewhere that even though they tend to accomplish far more than ordinary people, saints seem always to have plenty of time, and to be rather relaxed. I think this is why.

I just wish I could maintain that frame of saintliness more consistently. I'm sure I'd be a lot happier, and less stressed out all the time.

Thank you, Kristor, for the great comment. One has to find that way, practically, to unite oneself with Christ. Jesus definitely talks about it: "Abide in me, and I in you." "I am the vine, ye are the branches." I wonder if the disciples knew how to do that and, if so, when they figured it out.

Great article, very devotional (and hopefully true).


We're waiting with baited breath for you to acknowledge President Trump's prompt legal against abortion today.

Anon, this thread has absolutely nothing to do with Trump or abortion or anything like that. You don't get bonus points for hijacking a thread, even if it were justifiable to ask (at some point) for Lydia to respond to Trump's reinstatement of the Mexico City policy.

Wow. Tacky. I think I'll go put up a post on a completely different topic altogether. I find it interesting that those obsessed with the political are incapable of appreciating reflective writing on perennial topics, especially from those whose writing they have decided they have a right to order about and control.

[OT content deleted. I realize this comes as a shock, Anon, but our comboxes do not exist as a tabula rasa onto which you are invited to write your own thoughts, even when you consider them important, and even when you are not just being rude. Desist. LM]

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