When I was in high school, my shoulders were so tight that I asked my mother if we could go to the doctor. I wanted a muscle relaxer. I didn’t really think about what might be contributing to the tension in my body. I wanted my life of overachieving to stay the same. I also wanted to feel better.
In the decades since then, I’ve learned how to take better care of myself, so I don’t find myself constantly tense. Still, the tension comes, and I’ve learned over time to stop and ask what burdens I am unnecessarily carrying and how I can ask for help when that load is just too heavy.
Body Prayer: Shoulders
We talk about “shouldering” loads in both a physical sense and an emotional one. Shoulders represent all the burdens we carry.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
What prayer could I bring to my body?
I give you my heavy burdens.
Lord, take my burdens from me.
Teach me how to rest in you.
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