“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2
Most of us, when we see someone carrying a heavy burden, will offer to help if we can. And we appreciate help when the burden is ours! We open doors for mothers pushing baby carriages or people entering the post office with bulky packages. We accept help from our families to carry the groceries into the house. Our librarian keeps plastic bags on hand for patrons who check out a lot of books. It’s common courtesy—when we see a need, we help. This fulfills the law of Christ: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31 and 33, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14 and James 2:8).
Physical loads are usually pretty easy to see. But what about mental, spiritual, or social ones? We may need some help being made aware of these. If we ask, God’s Spirit will reveal people who need to talk, who need to know about Christ, who need friendship or an encouraging word. Sometimes, just being noticed can lift someone’s heavy load.
We can’t meet every need—only God can do that. But we can ask for eyes to see what God wants us to see, to recognize burdens and our ability to offer aid:
Spirit, You know whose loads are too heavy today. Please show me what I can’t see—whom, what, where, when and how to lift burdens today. And thanks for sending help when the need is mine, so others also can fulfill the law of Christ. Amen.