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Restful Burdens and Restful yokes

How does ones yoke and burdens become easy and light? My burden has generally been heavy, yoke been hard, other than times when I intentionally reverted to certain disciplines and perceptions. What are these disciplines and perceptions?
One – whose yoke am I carrying? Many people and various contexts pass on their yokes to me, but as long as I see the yoke as people passed on vs He given or others yoke vs His yoke, I struggle! The surety we have is His yoke is easy and His burden is light. So if I am struggling with the yoke which I have – it is either because I have not seen the right way – whose yoke am I carrying or have not learnt to carry the yoke well! Or may the wrong yoke too....?
So a daily check list – whose yoke am I carrying? Or how do I see the yoke I have taken up – as mine, others dumped it on me or His?
Two – Who Am I learning from, to carry the yoke? The time management principles, personal planning templates, prioritizing matrixes, all are good to help, up to a certain …

2015 reflections

2014, has not been an easy year for most of us. Globally, the turmoil’s due to killings of women and children, accidents, ongoing wars and terrorist attacks has been quite disturbing. In our country, the recent events of communal polarization, the focus on economy and money as the driver, the changes in health care, all have been of concern. Even our own contexts have been challenged in terms of the resource constraints and other issues.
As we enter, 2015, we enter with lack of clarity, what will 2015 hold! Though the context looks challenging there is another context we need to be aware of. The context given in the verses below.
The Grand Narrative of our lives…..
“Why do the nations rage, And the peoples meditate a vain thing, The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bonds asunder, And cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have t…

confusing communities

Reflecting on three communities 'get-togethers' which I was part of this year end.
One was a bestowed one, the one you are born or married into, (family) the other by by chance and later earned, (your alumni) and third by choice. (a mission and ministry)
All three have some commonalities - you are accepted as you are in all three, though in one there might questions on whether one could have done better, other don't understand what one is upto, the third one - well understood.  But all groups generally show good acceptability and tolerance!
Community always need a  common frame work as foundation. Strength of foundation is linked to how deep the bonds are.
How are bonds built and strengthened? Some are bestowed, part of the strong culture of similar communities from where the senior generation has come from and that expectation leads to all aligning in. But even this needs to be worked on for a deeper bonding. Others loosely bonded, but has the opportunity to be built into a…