Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jesus is Your Ultimate Burden-Bearer


Dear Friends,

Bear one another’s burdens. ~ Galatians 6:2

There is a time for everything, a season for this and a season for that.  There is a time to bear a care in solitude, and a time to share a prayer with a friend.  We need the wisdom to know when to shoulder responsibility, when to delegate, and when to cast it all upon Jesus - our incomparable Burden Bearer.

Sometimes I have to have a cry, then wash my face and get on with it!  I know I must bear the thing alone.  Another day, when I was burdened beyond belief after watching a loved one suffer, a friend came to me and touched my hurt with tenderness, mending the raw edges of my helplessness.  Such love brought a blessed buoyancy that helped more that I could tell.  Someone cared enough to help make my burden bearable.  Yes, there is a season for sorrow, a time to bear another’s burdens.

But there comes a time when only God’s shoulders are broad enough to carry the weight of my worry.  Then crushing burdens become carried burdens.  Yoked to Him, I can plow my lonely furrow, walk a straight path, cope with the intolerable, and figure out the impossible.  Then, having been carried, I am sent on my way strengthened to help carry another.  I need to pray:

Show me when to share, Lord-
Commission me to carry, Lord.

And teach me not to burden one of your special children, if I must bear my burden alone!

Blessings,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor

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