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Read Galatians 6:1-10

Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong. Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord's command. If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself. He is really a nobody.

Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done, and won't need to compare himself with someone else. Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect! Galatians 6:1-5 (TLB)

Richard L. Whitaker, from North Carolina, had no idea when they bought their home that there were so many large rocks submerged under the soil. Trying to regrade and landscape the yard to create a rock garden proved quite formidable. Richard had only a shovel and a wheelbarrow - both inadequate for the heavy rocks he tried to lift by himself.

It was not until he called on his landscaper and his assistant that the biggest rocks could be unearthed and relocated. Richard was grateful for those who helped him build his rock garden, which is now filled with rocks of assorted shapes and hues.

How often we struggle alone to bear grief, pain, loneliness, anger, or regret. But our Christian faith is not meant to be lived in isolation; we are called to lift one another's burdens. Only when others have reached out to Richard or he had sought help have his burdens been made lighter. Today someone may need our help - we may not even be aware of it. But when we choose to make a phone call or send an e-mail, a text, or a handwritten note, we may become a burden-sharer. No matter the method we choose in bearing another's burdens, we are fulfilling Christ's command.

Prayer: O God, help us to follow the example of Christ by helping to bear the burdens of others, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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