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My father taught me lessons from observing the oxen he had in Cuba. From him I learned the key to not feeling overly burdened when committed to helping others face their struggles and pain. A good pair of oxen is composed of a weaker or younger one and an older or stronger ox. The way in which the yoke is set up - with its adjustments of iron, wood, or leather - tells you which ox is pulling the main part of the burden.
Jesus used the figure of the yoke to refer to the load that He is willing to bear. He always carries the heaviest weight, because He is the strongest. That is why Jesus said, 'Take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is lightâ€™' " (Matthew 11:29, 30, YLT).
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