This morning (and yesterday), I could tell that one of my co-workers was struggling. I ask the person if they were ok and my friend shared a few burdens with me. My friend is tired and weary.
Another friend lost her mother this week . . .just 10 months after losing her father. She has been caregiver and she is tired. She has been carrying a heavy burden.
We are surrounded by death and dying; we are surrounded by new diagnosis; we are surrounded by infidelity and divorce; we are surrounded by hurting people - all the time. Look around. Yes, I know there is much joy and there is laughter and goodness. I know there is sunshine and blue sky. Positivity is my number one strength so I am always looking for the good BUT I also know there is much hurt all around me.
My friend, Julie, posted the above picture and scripture on facebook this morning. I borrowed it (thanks, Julie!). I told my friend about Julie's picture and scripture this morning as we were talking sharing about the burdens. I said, "wouldn't it be cool if I could actually bring a basket into your office and you could put some of the burdens in the basket and I could take them back to my office for a while . . .so you could rest?"
As Christians, we are indeed called to carry each other's burdens. It is hard. They are heavy. We are called. Whose load will you lighten today?