burden bearing

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, CEB)

IMG_1022What are you carrying today? Everyone is carrying something. At first it might not seem so burdensome, but something else comes along and adds to your load. This can repeat and repeat and repeat, and before too long the straw comes to break the proverbial camel’s back. A straw can’t do any harm to a camel, but everything underneath it can make the load so burdensome that any extra weight proves to be too much.

I hope you noted in today’s bible verse that the word, burdens, is plural. That brings me back to my initial questions: what are you carrying today? We all have burdens, and not all of them are visible. Come to think of it, the ones unseen can be some of the hardest to carry. The ones unseen often require extra help to carry, because they are the ones we hold onto most tightly for fear of judgment.

Burden carrying is what fulfills the law of Christ. John 13:34 records Jesus giving us his law, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other.”

How can you help someone carry their burdens today? Show up. Make a call. Send a letter, card, email, or text. Speak well of them to someone else. Buy a coffee. Share a meal. Come alongside someone who is struggling to let them know they do not have to carry their burdens alone.

And if you feel as though you are burdened to the point of collapse, reach out. Ask for help. Let someone in. Don’t let a straw break you. Don’t let a perception of weakness paralyze you from seeking help. Offer a friend, family member, or other helper the opportunity to fulfill Jesus’ law to love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. I am carrying burdens, and I know I am not alone. Help me to fulfill your law to love by coming alongside someone else and share our burdens together. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.