Beyond the Walls

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads.

Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. Galatians 6: 2-10 (NRSV)

While eating lunch at an airport, Andy Baker, from Tennessee, noticed a young soldier a few tables away. Andy walked over to thank him for his service to our country. He asked where he was headed, hoping to hear "I'm going home." But he answered, "I'm on my way to Baghdad, sir."

Then Andy noticed several people getting ready to board a plane, and he realized that any of those people might be headed to "war zones" of their own. They could be facing surgery, dreading a visit to the doctor, caring for aging parents, or worried about their job. What would it be like to ask genuinely about where others are headed and then listen to their answers?

God wants the church to be a family who cares for one another. We can care for one another by thanking the people around us for the blessings they bring to our lives and by showing concern for the trials they may be facing. We can look beyond the walls of our church buildings to tell those who are heading into "war zones" that they are not alone.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for sustaining us through times of trial. Make us aware of the hurts and needs of those around us, and prompt us to help, in Jesus' name, amen.

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