I live trapped and heavy
As I pick up my burden for this long trial
I am reminded that a fool’s provocation
Is heavier than steel or sand.
Lord, my burdens are heavy
The weight of the world and its concerns weighs on me
As I carry both physical and emotional burdens
Let myself be yoked to you, O Christ
Let me share my burden with you.
As I share these pounds of sand and steel with others
Remind me that in sharing each other’s burdens,
We fulfill the law of Christ.
Christ, go before me and guide me
Go beside me and share my load
Go behind me and support me when I stumble
Be beneath my feet and guide my steps
Be in me and strengthen me to carry my load.
When I finally lay down my load of sand and steel
Remind me to lay down my burden of sin and shame also.
I lay down my burdens at the feet of the Cross
That I may live freely and lightly