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Carrying others’ burdens

January 24, 2007

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) For each one should carry his own load. (Galatians 6:5)

I have been learning about the root languages behind our English translations of the Bible. English can leave verses like these confusing, but the root languages help provide clarity. “Burden” (v2) refers to something heavy like a boulder. “Load” (v5) refers to something lighter like a backpack.

Have you ever carried someone’s burden? Do you know how to stand along side someone else and help them? I have been learning a lot about that lately. In just the last 24 hours I have learned of five different people facing life threatening situations. Three are hospitalized for significant health issues, one had surgery to remove her colon yesterday, and another will have a kidney replacement in a few weeks because he is in kidney failure. Not only are these people in great need, but so are those closest to them who are offering support and care.

My heart and mind are filled with thoughts and emotions of how to walk with these people, support them, be community to them, and help carry their burdens. I know I can’t carry it for them, but coming along side them might make the load lighter or the path seem less lonely. I’m learning to love with empathy and depth, an amazing but often painful experience when others are in need.

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