In 'The Things They Carried,' author Tim O’Brien writes about how mindful the soldiers fighting in Vietnam were of the weight of every piece of equipment carried on their backs as they marched through the harsh jungles of Vietnam. Added up, theirs was a cumbersome burden. We, too, carry heavy packs. It is easy to become weighed down by responsibilities and obligations, by the things that cause us pain and the things that give us joy. Are you feeling weighed down? Has your pack become cumbersome? There is a way out from under the weight.

Scripture: Romans 7:15-25; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Song: "Jesus Paid It All" written by John Thomas Grape, Elvina M. Hall, and Alex Nifong; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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