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Burdens Big and Small

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22

Often when we think about lifting our cares to God, it's when we are going through big things in our lives. That's good; we should absolutely seek him then. But what about the smaller things? The little worries and anxieties that are part of everyday living. Does God care any less about those burdens?

In Psalm 55, David talks about being betrayed by a friend. The sadness of the loss of someone he held dear and trusted weighed heavy on his soul. In the grand scheme of his life, this might seem small compared to all his other experiences; fighting a giant, escaping numerous assassination attempts by Saul, and continuously in battle against Israel's enemies. But it was not too small to cast the burden of the hurt of his friend upon God.

The lesson for us is no matter how inconsequential we think our burden may be, offer them to God. Do you remember as a child how when you fell and scraped your knee, mom was there to kiss away your boo-boo? It was a small scratch that may have required Bactine and a Band-Aid, but what we really needed was that care and comfort. Our Heavenly Father wants to provide that same tender loving care for the big things and the small.

God, our precious loving parent, we give you thanks and praise for your tender loving care. You do not differentiate between big and small burdens, but we do. We confess we do not always bring our cares to you. We think them too small, and we believe them too silly to "bother" you. But you don't think that way; nothing is too big or too small for you. Please help us to remember we do not need to carry unnecessarily the weight of any burdens. We ask this in you, Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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