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Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

RayMcDCarry each other’s burdens. Like some – I work better with someone working along side of me rather than working alone. I know folks that work well alone – but I like having someone there with me – even if just for company. I’ve encouraged my wife at times to simply be in the yard with me while working to have someone there. I can work alone – but I work better with someone there to talk to and bounce ideas off of.

Carry each other’s burdens. I wonder how many of us have had issues in life (almost all of us I imagine). I can also imagine that often having someone help us through the difficult time was appreciated. Whether is was a loan at just the right time – a word of advice – a shoulder to lean on – a prayer said at just the right time – a kind word of encouragement – or simply just being there. Continue reading

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Are We to Help Carry the Burdens of Others?

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have all but ended my interest in the NFL this year. Are they close to the end of the season yet? Is baseball season ready to start yet? Come on spring training. I now know the pain of other football fans – when their team is out of the race – way early in the season. It is a pain for sure! But – it – is – only – a – sport! It – is – not – life! I have to keep telling myself this truth.

I also need to keep reminding myself that there are real concerns in the world – not these silly 1st world concerns with sports. I was spending time the last few days praying for those in Kenya and France and other places around the world where evil has reared its ugly head this year with terrorist attacks. The unthinkable has become reality. Satan – evil – is rearing its ugly face. The burden is great and the Body of Christ needs to stand up and be counted – to help carry the burden of so many. But how can we help? Where can we help? Is there a way to carry each other’s burdens in these days? Continue reading

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Who Are You Helping These Days?

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Sunday I mentioned to the folks at the 8:45 service that as we age we need to connect more – have more interconnections with one another.  With the heat and the power outage – I wondered out loud with them how many of us checked in on each other – especially our older members.  How many of us even look around on Sunday morning and see who is missing and contact them to make sure they are OK?

Relationships are big at Mt. Oak – or are they?  We talk about connecting – about building relationships – and I think we do a pretty good job most of the time.  Today’s passage says we are to help carry each other’s burdens.  Burdens can be heavy – burdens can be – well – burdensome!  They can take time and money and energy.  They can be messy!  They can impact our lives.

Jesus told us that He would help us with our burdens.  Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Paul tells us in today’s passage that we are to carry each other’s burdens, and in this way we will fulfill the law of Christ.  The church is the Body of Christ and we are to carry on the ministry of Christ.  Since He promised to help us with our burdens – the church should be helping one another with their burdens.  Question – who are you looking after these days?  Some of us are looking after our parents – and that can be a huge job – no lie.  But there are others in need – and others who do not have children or children that will help.  When I saw all of the children in Haiti without anyone to really care for them and think of all the orphans in the world and seniors who do not have anyone to help them – it makes me think – what can I do.  Is it enough to sponsor a Compassion child or two?  What is it that God wants from us?

Might not fit where you are today – but it certainly touched my thoughts.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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