Share My Yoke

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When I’m tired and nothing’s going right for me,
When things I’ve counted on
Just do not come my way,
When in my mind the
Thick grey folds of doubt arise,
It’s then I seem to hear Him say:

“Share My yoke and find that I am joined with you;
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share My yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our ‘togetherness’ My peace you’ll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!”

When I’m perplexed
And no one’s understanding me,
When even safest thoughts collapse in disarray,
When I’ve lost the things
That always seemed so sure,
It’s then I need to hear Him say:

“Share My yoke…”

When I’m alone
And nothing’s getting through to me –
An isolation that increases day by day,
When closest friends can seem
A thousand miles away,
It’s then I long to hear Him say:

“Share My yoke…”

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Many readers will know that this wistful song was written by Major Joy Webb, the founder of The Joystrings ,a Salvation Army music group that sang and played their way onto secular pop music charts in England in the 1960’s.In 2004, Joy Webb, by then a retired officer, was admitted to the Order of the Founder – the Salvation Army’s highest honour. The following is a quote from the citation read by then Commissioner Shaw Clifton in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

“Throughout her officership, Major Joy Webb has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the creative and innovative use of music, poetry and drama in evangelism and worship, achieving unparalleled success in expressing the gospel in the popular idioms of the day while constantly reflecting the standards of the gospel in her personal life.”

In spite of Major Webb’s exuberant songwriting and general success and fame, Share My Yoke seems to indicate that she also had lonely, ‘down’ times, as we all do occasionally. Here we have an encouraging reminder that Jesus invites us to walk beside Him and absorb His peace. As He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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

S.A.SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, # 527



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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th


The Salvation Army Oshawa acknowledges the many Indigenous nations with longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our Church and our Community & Family Services are located. We acknowledge the land is covered under the Williams Treaties, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

These ancestral and treaty lands; the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people is where we meet, share hope, and build community.

We reflect on knowing the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home. We are treaty people, it is our privilege to build relationships through reconciliation.

While we cannot undo the past, we are committed to a different future and doing our part to contribute to an equitable, just, and grace-filled society.