Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. – (Galatians 6:2, NLT)
Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ. – (Galatians 6:2, ERV)
Shoulder each other’s burdens, and then you will live as the law of the Anointed teaches us. – (Galatians 6:2, VOICE)
At my church, there has been a phrase that has been spoken many times over the years. I always knew that it was Biblically based, but never really thought about the specific reference from which it may have been derived. However, this morning, this seems a fitting verse to align with the statement, “At Grace, no one stands alone.” The statement is a direct affirmation of a commitment to be obedient to share each others burdens so that no one is attempting to carry the weight on their own. Whatever the challenge, it is lessened when another chooses to join in the journey. Often when we help one another, we end up being helped ourselves in the process. There is a discovery of strength and help and grace, as we walk beside another in the strain of their struggle. May we rise up and look to help one another bear the burdens that life brings, so that we are walking in obedience to Christ and recognizing the power that is present as we choose to obey.
The Lord is calling,
So that we might see;
Each other’s burdens,
Places where there’s need.
We are meant to share,
The weight of their load;
To help them travel,
Where they’re meant to go.
As we opt rise up,
And help bear the weight;
It’s as God has called,
His peace shall be great.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to share each others burdens so that we have tangible help through You. Thank You that as we walk alongside one another, we are being obedient to what You ask of us. Forgive us for attempting to shoulder the weight of our woes alone, or for neglecting to reach out to those that we know are in need. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would rely on You to lead us to those we are meant to walk beside, and receive the help from others that You provide. Show us how to love those around us who are bearing heavy burdens, so that we might help lessen their loads. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we help one another in times of trouble, just as You are present to help each of us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78