Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sharing our burdens
Sometimes we carry around burdens that were never meant to be carried alone….We think we are being noble by handling it alone saying “I don’t want to burden them.” So we isolate ourselves and end up feeling more alone than ever.
We are hurting, but still we carry it around like a heavy stone, afraid to unload it. Or maybe we hang onto it because we have a bit of pride. The pride that says, "I should be able to handle this." Maybe we strike out in little ways because we are wounded, with silence or slamming doors……we think they will ask us what is wrong, but when they do we say, "Nothing!" And so now there are two wounded people.
Finally when we just can’t carry it anymore we spill it over onto someone else, usually the one we love. In our haste and desperation to be rid of the burden we sometimes don’t go about it in the right way.
The way of love…..Can I hear an Amen on that one?
But true healing can happen when we approach with a spirit of humility. Which brings about…..healing…..restoration……love.
As it is brought out and held up to the Light together, a miracle happens…. We find out that they had their arms out ready to help all along. Burdens lift, the load is lightened.
Hope is restored. Two are brought closer together.
Jesus never asked us to bear one another's burdens without actively seeking a helpful resolution and comfort. "Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ" Galations 6:2 But what is the law of Christ? It is love, so that everything we do must be done in the spirit and motive of love. There is good news! God has a ready supply and He shares.
For (Love) 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7