So many beautiful pieces present the comforting image of being carried safe from harm and pain on the shoulders of a Greater One. There is the above song and the famous poem “Footsteps” and the song “You Raise Me Up”.

I believe that in turning to the Lord in struggling times there will be a reprieve, a gracious rest. But the path remains and the ground is hard and rock-covered and we must again make contact with earth’s realities and our own difficult circumstances of providence.

But Jesus has a word for us – “yokefellow” (Matthew 11). He invites us under His yoke/ethic, just as He comes alongside to share the load of our rugged realities. There is a “partnering in” rather than a “removing from”.

Picture the oxen under the yoke. Perhaps only one is hardy, muscular and courageously trained to the task. His little partner has every reason to give thanks and pull forward in teamwork.


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Married and father of two. Living in Waterloo, Ontario. Workplace health and safety professional. Blogger. Poet. Nature hiker. History buff. Inspirational writer. Newsboy for Jesus.

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