At Ease! Let Burdens Go and Rest in Love


Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

For Day 7 of #write28days, the prompt is ease. What comes to mind when you hear this call: At ease! I think of soldiers standing at attention and then relaxing their stance. How does that translate into our everyday lives? Are we “standing at attention” all the time, not able to be at ease? Or are we able to “relax our stance?” It’s hard in these times when everyone is so busy.

Even when we think we are trusting God our burdens can still feel heavy. We may not be aware of all that we are holding, but it shows up in different ways physically. Most of the time my shoulders are tight, which is where all the tension settles. Even when I’m not thinking of all the issues facing family or friends, the tension is there.

There are many ways to help relieve some of our tension. In my case, I do Pilates almost every day to help me relax and also find more mobility and strength. When I set aside even 15 minutes a day, I notice a difference. I also work in my art journal or write poetry.

All those things are helpful, but what helps the most is when I take God at His word and pour out my heart to Him.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him. God is our refuge. Selah.     

(Psalm 62:8)
sunset in Virginia

Sometimes I combine poetry, prayer and scripture. It helps remind me that my strength is in God as in this poem I wrote today.


At ease! Comes the cry
Put your burdens down and rest
In the arms of love

I hear the kind words
A welcome balm to my soul
Yet I am still tense

What am I to do?
Burdens heavy upon me
Clinging so tightly

My body is tense
I cannot do it alone
Where is the release?

At ease! Comes the cry
Assuring my weary soul
I am not alone

Jesus stands waiting
Come to me and rest, He said
Give me your burden

The burden eases
I’m not ready to let go
My grip grows stronger

Jesus is patient
He knows the struggle I have
Understands my pain

At ease! Comes the cry
Put your burdens down and rest
In the arms of love

Finally, I see
I don’t have to keep striving
Jesus is my strength

Letting go is hard
Yet when I release my grip
The heavy weight lifts

Peace floods through my soul
Though problems don’t go away
Jesus lifts the load

At ease! Came the call
I listened, responded, and
Trusted in the Lord

Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly 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
sunrise view from my front porch

I’m linking up with: #TeaAndWord

8 thoughts on “At Ease! Let Burdens Go and Rest in Love

  1. Thank you dear Gayl. Your beautiful poem and Scriptures were just what I needed tonight! I pray He blesses you with such comfort and rest as you shared with all of us.

  2. Beautiful poem, and I love the scriptures you chose. (And the little snowflakes that fall down your blog! Beautiful! 🙂 )

  3. Jesus! Our burden lifter. Oh how I recognize what you share here. And how powerful is His abiding Word speaking in us!!!

    But it also made me wonder about a possible edit to your poem to reflect His work that you capture so beautifully:

    Jesus is my strength

    Letting go is hard
    Yet when Jesus releases my grip
    The heavy weight lifts

    1. Yes, His Word is powerful working in us and through us as He gives us strength and grace and peace, etc.

      I don’t think I need to change to poem, because it’s clear that Jesus is my strength. Yet sometimes I try to hold on rather than let Him take it, so that’s what I was trying to convey. I think many of us struggle at times with that. We think we’ve given the burden to Him, but we try to take it back because we take our eyes off Him and think it’s up to us. Praise God, He is patient with us. He doesn’t force us but enables us to let go of our burdens and hold onto Him.

      Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo

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