Daily Worship

Sharing our troubles and sufferings

October 08, 2021 4
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Galatians 6: 2 (NRSVA)

2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.

It’s one thing to listen to the troubles of another, to let someone unburden their soul. It’s quite another thing to pick up some of the pieces and make their burden lighter. Picking up the pieces is like shedding light into the darkness.

So where are you shining your light? Whose burden are you sharing? Whose broken pieces are you picking up? We humans can live through times of great anxiety and stress carrying our own burdens, but when another draws alongside us and lifts the burden from our shoulders, even if it is just for an hour or two, somehow things don’t seem so bad. Bartimaeus (from Mark 10: 46-52, our key reading for the month) teaches us it’s all right to cry for help in the dark. You might be surprised at the outcome.

On the 9th September 2001 while evil men plotted to kill many innocent people, a little boat, which would become a medical ship, funded by the Vine Trust was crossing the Atlantic taking hope and healing to thousands of marginalised people in Amazonia. The Bogle Band recorded this song ‘Amazon Hope’ for the documentary ‘Ferry Up the Amazon.” Here’s a link to the song on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/amazon-hope/537506540?i=537506546

 

PRAYER:

 

Lord,

Give me the insight to see

When another is struggling

And the strength and the will

To help lift the load

And bear the burden

Without counting the cost

And when I am struggling

Give me the courage

I will need to ask for help

And the grace to accept it