Bearing Burdens

Bible Reading: Psalm 40:1-5
Author: Mrs. Mary Wisner (Michigan, USA)
Friday 12 April 2019 © The Upper Room.
Sometimes when people receive life-threatening news, they can become stuck on an endless cycle of paralysing fear.  But from the time I was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, I have been surrounded by prayers and encouragement from multitudes of people.  As a result, time and again as this journey continues, I marvel at how small a burden the weight of my circumstances seems.

When the cancer moved into my brain and I was faced with brain surgery, I was reminded of a college backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains.  I had fainted and needed to descend the mountain at a much slower pace than the rest of the group.  When I reached base camp, I realised that I had been carrying only the frame of my pack.  My fellow hikers had distributed the other 30 to 40 pounds among themselves.

It is a mystery, but somehow the Holy Spirit lightens the weight of our burdens through others’ prayers, acts of kindness, and words of encouragement.  When we know someone going through a difficult time, a simple text, card, or meal may be enough for us to relieve a portion of the burden.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for those who have helped to carry our burdens.  Help us to share the burdens of others.  Amen.
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