God, tonight we’re tired. It’s only the first of the week, and already our bodies and minds seek rest.
God, sometimes it’s hard. It’s hard to let go of our to-do lists when there’s still so much to be done. It’s hard to let go of our worries when they seem to fill our minds. It’s hard to put down all the things weighing down our hearts.

So tonight, we ask that you help us lay it all down.

God, for all of the striving we do in the world, you invite us to come to you as we are. For all of the working to achieve, you invite us to rest in you. For all of the worries and hardships that weigh down our hearts, you remind us that you alone can carry the load.

So tonight we come as we are, and we thank you for welcoming us with open arms. Tonight we come weary and worn, and we thank you for the rest you offer. Tonight we come wanting simply to abide in you and you in us.

Please comfort us with your presence tonight and may we find rest for our weary souls. For your word teaches us that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you for this promise.

In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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