SHARING THE LOAD

A burden shared is a burden halved.

A burden shared is a burden halved.

By Lisa Huddleston

Amazingly, the onslaught of concerns (both small and not so small) continues, and while I can’t share everything I’m carrying in my heart, I remain unendingly thankful for you who help me carry them. Kind words. Thoughtful texts. Snarky comments that make me laugh (especially these). All the ways you let me know you care. Thank you.

And for those of you who don’t know my burdens, I am thankful that you are helping to carry someone else’s. ( As I know you surely are.) People are leaning on you, and that is a good and honorable thing. Thank you for being there for the people in your lives.

And, finally, I am thankful for and honored by those of you who trust me to help you shoulder your struggles. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

And isn’t that why we’re here? To shoulder each other’s burdens, to learn from our own, and to pay forward the comfort we’ve received from Christ? I do believe that, at least in part, it is.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us as we cast our cares on you–thankful to know that you care for us.

Amen.