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Bear One Another’s Burdens

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….

George Nix

Chaplain George Nix was born in Chicago, Illinois. He has been a Chaplain with PruittHealth Hospice in Rome, Georgia since 2010.

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