Today’s song comes from an American Christian rock band, formed in 2001. Ashes Remain is based in Baltimore, Maryland, close to where I spent the past 25 years of my life. Josh Smith and Ryan Nalepa are the two main forces behind Ashes Remain. The lyrics of All of Me begin with a struggling Christian who is afraid of letting others know what’s going on in their life.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [o]ease and relieve and [p]refresh [q]your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([r]relief and ease and refreshment and [s]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls, Matthew 11:28-29.
While listening to All of Me for the first time, I was reminded of Jesus’ words in the passage above. Unfortunately, too many people try to take care of their problems on their own. When pride causes individuals try to take on their own burdens, it’s only a matter of time before your life fall apart. May this song nudge you to come as you are so that you can lay your burdens on the foot of the cross.
by Jay Mankus