Bible Society of South Africa
Hennie Symington

A journey of the soul – Day 19

Give your soul a break

Bible text(s)

28“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. 30For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30GNBOpen in Bible reader

13Are any of you in trouble? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14Are any of you ill? You should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the Lord. 15This prayer made in faith will heal the sick; the Lord will restore them to health, and the sins they have committed will be forgiven. 16So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.

James 5:13-16GNBOpen in Bible reader

The year is taking its toll. The newspapers of the past few months say it all. We throw up our hands in despair when we are confronted with the desperate needs in our country, the unrest in our hearts and the drought in our souls. The result is that the need for spiritual care is overwhelming.

In our personal lives, we are also struggling to keep our heads above water. The compasses that previously kept us on course are shaky. Today, people are constantly on the move, changing jobs, moving from one town to another or even countries, in search of greener pastures. In the process, they leave behind their support systems and when that happens, they become anxious and vulnerable. Even when you stay put in your familiar neighbourhood, it is, often, not the safe place you used to know.

We are also confronted with changes in our lives such as divorce, the death of a loved one, job loss, children who are addicted to drugs, ageing parents who need care and a change of work environment. People feel threatened by their circumstances. No wonder our souls are anxious and weary!

We all want a place to tell our story. We need an ear to listen, not a feel-good-pill that people love to offer as a comfort in our distress.

Help others to help yourself.

Each one of us can provide spiritual care in his or her way. You can help by listening, by reaching out, encouraging or comforting someone, even if you are the one in need of spiritual care. You might just discover new strengths in yourself, while comforting others.

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