The Lord’s Day
On the one hand, we want to ask you to help us to leave aside all of our cares and concerns and all of our worldly interests so that we can give our full attention today to our adoration and worship of you.
On the other hand, our concerns and interests are part of who we are. So how can we come before you and not bring all of it with us?
So God, help us to come before you today as fully aware as we can be of who we are and of what is going into making us who we are. Show us what burdens we bear unnecessarily and unhealthily and then by your grace help us to lay them down. Also show us what burdens we need to bear to be true to our standing as your children who are called to be concerned about and to take steps to help overcome the problems and pains that beset the people around us—and especially that beset those who have difficulty helping themselves.
Remind us that it is not our role to carry the weight of the world upon our shoulders but that it is an abdication of our role not to carry what is ours to carry and to help others carry what they are having trouble bearing.
We praise you today because you do carry the weight of the world—indeed, the weight of all that is—upon your mighty shoulders. We also praise you because you show us what we need to carry and because you give us the grace and strength to bear it.