By Chaplain George Nix
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
– Galatians 6:2
Before I had hip replacement surgery on both hips, I walked like a typical “old man.” Slumped shoulders, slow gait, and leaning heavily on my cane. I went to the Y to swim, and try to stretch out tired aching muscles. As I was about to leave, again walking like an old man, carrying a gym bag on my shoulder, a young lady approached me and said meekly, “Can I carry your bag for you?”
I blushed, smiled and stammered… “No…. Thanks so much!” As I made my way to the car, my heart warmed by the nameless youngster who quietly offered to carry my load, I realized that she was fulfilling Galatians 6:2.
As I reflect on her kindness this morning, I realize that even though she didn’t PHYSICALLY carry my bag, she carried it SPIRITUALLY!
Just by offering, in a meek and gentle way, she had lifted my spirits that morning. And… lightened my burden.
So, whose burden can you carry today? It starts with a kind word….