After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.

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A sleigh today. Nothing to do with Star Wars, and everything to do with Christmas. Unless you want to dive deep on the lightsabers that double as sleigh runners. Sleighs are meant to carry people, usually over wintery conditions.

In the Star Wars universe, Luke Skywalker is ultimately asked to carry the hopes of the Rebel Alliance. His father, Anakin, carried the hope of being the Chosen One. Whereas Anakin buckled under the pressures put upon him, Luke managed to survive, and thrive, with being the Rebel Alliance’s savior.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Jesus wants to give us rest. Rest from not only our labor, but our burdens, our worries, our schedules, our anxieties, our fears. All we have to do is let him lead, to put on the “yoke” and let him drive us.

This time of year, many of us are weighed down by various things. When this is a time we should be slowing down and reflecting on God, we are unable to because of burdens we carry. It’s one thing to say we want to lay down our burdens, but sometimes that is easier said than done. It’s all we’ve ever known, carrying a particular burden, that it’s scarier to think of not carrying it around because we can’t recall a time doing so. And yet, there is life there for us when we do so.

We live in a culture where putting in long hours, at the expense of family and/or community, is a common expectation. This isn’t the case with Jesus. Is there work in His Kingdom? Yes, but not the kind that brings a constant state of weariness. His work brings satisfaction and fulfillment. It can be hard to do so in our culture when we battle comparison with others, identity with our work, or being passed over because you won’t burden yourself (or others) with extra hours.

Jesus wants us to enter His rest. He wants to share with us about rest. On the seventh day of the creation story, God rested. This is a part of His Creation from the beginning. Beyond just taking time to reflect on the nativity story this Christmas season, is there something you can do, or want to do, to lay down your burdens and follow Jesus even more?

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