March 9th Lenten Devotion

Don’t Worry

Peter Hamm

Matthew 8:18-22

It is all too easy to come up with reasons I can’t do something, or that some undertaking isn’t possible, or, to be frank, just some excuse why I won’t do something. (Spoiler alert: Everything is too hard if you really want it to be too hard.)

Much has been made of the meaning behind this man’s desire to bury his father before following Jesus. But compared to Jesus, who literally lived in such a way that he had no home, any of our impediments to following God seem very insignificant don’t they.

But I see something else in this passage that perhaps you haven’t seen before. When Jesus says “let the dead bury their own dead” maybe he was saying something along the lines of “Don’t worry about the responsibilities you will seem to leave behind. It will all be taken care of if you just follow me, live and love like me, and change the world with me.”

 O Lord it is often hard for us to follow, but you said your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Help us to recall that when we face challenges doing the right thing and making the right choice.


Peter Hamm is a husband, father, and bi-vocational pastor and worship leader who is delighted and honored to serve Grace United Methodist Church in Norwood, Ohio.


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