(v.28) "Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." These are among the most beloved and quoted verses in the Bible, because all of us feel burdened and in need of rest. In their original context, these verses spoke specifically to those burdened by the Jewish law. God gave the law to guide the Jewish people through the moral thickets of life, but well-intentioned people embellished the law until it became its own thicket. Religious "professionals" in Jesus' day prided themselves on their observance of the law, but even they could not avoid infractions. The common person did not stand a chance of perfectly observing the law. "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me" (v.29). Jesus does not propose that we go yoke-less, but that we accept his yoke, which is "manageable." While the original context referred to the burden of the Jewish law, there is nothing in these words to suggest that they should not also extend to our weariness and burdens today. We are weary today, even though we do not observe the Jewish law. We are burdened by many things: busyness, concerns about jobs, marriage, money, health, children, security, old age, loneliness, and a thousand other things. Jesus' promise is "Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Jesus still does that! Jesus still gives us rest! Jesus invites all those exhausted with life to have peace with God. As St Augustine put it in the memorable line at the beginning of his Confessions, "You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you."