Week of July 5
- What is the heaviest thing you have ever carried?
- Have you ever had help carrying something really heavy?
Read Together: Matthew 11:28-30
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
- What is a burden? What kind of burdens or heavy loads would people in Jesus day be used to carrying?
- What things can be burdens to us, that aren’t just physically heavy loads? What things are burdens for you? (things that make you feel tired out, sad, and weighed down)
- Jesus talks about us taking his yoke. What is a yoke? (Look up some pictures of oxen with yokes online if you wish)
- Jesus promises to give us rest from our heavy burdens. How do you think he does this? He also says that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. What do you think this means?
Father – We all have burdens that are heavy and that make us tired out. Please take our burdens and give us rest. Help us to carry your easy burden, and to bring refreshment and rest to those around us. Amen!
- Fill a backpack with heavy books or cans. Make a simple obstacle course around the home or yard. Take turns doing the course wearing the backpack and without it (or with an empty backpack, for comparison). Chat about how this is similar to Jesus carrying our burdens.
- On a piece of paper, draw or write about something that is a burden for you – something that feels like it weighs you down. Perhaps you can burn the paper the next time you have a campfire, or throw it up in the air to imagine it being lifted up.
- Draw a picture of Jesus holding or carrying YOU.