Week 23 Saturday

A Light Burden

Today’s scripture selection: Galatians 4-6

Key verse: Galatians 6:2

A long time ago; what seems a hundred years ago, really – I learned to play a piece on the piano. It was about a long, winding road, leading to who knows where…and about how the one I might carry “ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”

I know – I just dated myself.

But it’s more than just a good pop song from the past. It’s a basic philosophy, expressed in many places, in many ways, in the Bible.

Bearing one another’s burdens, according to the apostle Paul, “fulfills the law of Christ.”

I don’t take that to mean, so much, that it is some sort of legalistic requirement of Christians if they want their just reward. Rather, I see it as the opportunity that following Christ provides for us. It’s a chance to live life by a totally different code than the one the world calls wise or prudent.

Bearing one another’s burdens – even “carrying” another who can’t make it on his or her own, at least for awhile – that’s not a law – it’s a privilege.

And, it seems to me that the longer I live, the more I appreciate how much it is a matter of simple reciprocation.

There are times when I am strong and capable and sure and full of faith – and those are the times I can “carry” someone else’s burdens.

There are other times – when I am weak and incapable and unsure and lacking in faith – and those are the times I need someone to carry me and my burdens for awhile.

Somehow, it all works out in the end. And, miraculously, through the grace of God, we all get to the end of that “long and winding road.”

Watch for those opportunities this week. Either to carry, or be carried, if need be.

Either way – you’ll learn something about how God has it all planned out. We are to do, and be, for each other – just as Christ himself was and is – for us.

Prayer: Lord, down that long, winding path, help me to carry another’s burdens – just as You have often carried mine. AMEN.

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