Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
Usually when I hear this verse, I think of praying for people in need. You know, the usual prayers of healing from injuries or illness, for restoration within relationships, the more common prayers.
I was reminded that while they may be a common way to carry another person’s burden, the person whose burden I pick up may see it as anything but common. To them it is a life line, helping them know they aren’t alone in the middle of their battle. It takes this very simple act and turns it into something holy. Just lifting up a friend in need brings both of us to the Throne Room of God.
At the same time I am praying for someone, a prayer may not be enough. James said this clearly, Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:15-17).
Sometimes, we need to bring a meal, buy a bag of groceries, or even raid your own pantry to share with someone in need.
We can also carry our brothers and sisters by just listening to them. No interruption, no stories to one-up them. Just close your mouth, open your ears and your heart, and let them speak. It’s another way to help someone know they are not alone. Sending a text, an email, a card or note in the mail, even making a phone call to check in on someone, can bolster someone’s spirit.
Carrying our brothers and sisters helps them and helps us remember that we are a community of believers and even seekers who need each other. Our faith journey is lived out in community. We are not lone wanderers, we belong to each other.
Let us carry on, Best Beloved, carrying our precious brothers and sisters in the name of Christ.