Sacred Music Sunday: Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord

When I was in college, I would often take time to go into the gardens behind the chapel. There was a statue of Jesus with open arms in the center of the garden. Inscribed on one side was “Venite ad me”, the beginning of Matthew 11:28 in Latin. In times of trouble, I would remember Jesus issuing the invitation to come to Him when I was weary and burdened so He could give me rest.

Sometimes I have a hard time casting my burden on the Lord. I can drop my troubles at His feet just fine, but I have a tendency to pick them right back up again when the conversation is finished. And Jesus stands by patiently waiting for me to drop them again so He can help.

I love the hymn Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord because it’s a reminder that there is no shame in letting God take our burdens from us. We don’t have to do it alone.


Trudy is a lawyer living in the southwestern US. She has two cats who allow her to live in their house in exchange for a steady supply of food and treats.

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2 Responses

  1. SisterStacey says:

    That’s one of my favorite hymns too. This and Come Unto Jesus. I wish we sang them more.

  2. Alisi Filiaga says:

    I feel the same way. Shame at time to admit, and no patience. Hearing the song soothes my soul. I wonder when the Savior waits for me while I rant and cry. Wonder does she ever calm down to feel that I am here. I picture my nonsense. But this message has brought warmth and hope to try try again and “Cast my burden on the Lord” Thank you again

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