Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Galatians 6:1-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Bear One Another’s Burdens
6 My friends,[a] if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[b] the law of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5 For all must carry their own loads.
6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Remember that Paul’s letter to Galatians is written to a Christian community. These words remind us of our duty as followers of Jesus to bear one another’s burdens. No one should have to shoulder their burdens alone. We need one another. During this global pandemic, we are more aware than ever of our need for one another.
We need this reminder sometimes. We all must carry our own loads, as verse five says. We know that. But we also know that there are times when we need someone to come along beside us to help carry the load when our strength is waning. This bearing of one another’s burdens is a great gift of community.
Is there someone you know who needs help carrying their burden right now? Can a phone call from you or a letter or note from you ease the weight of the burden they’re carrying?
One of our hymns expresses the power of Christian community:
- Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.
- Before our Father’s throne
we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.
- We share each other’s woes,
our mutual burdens bear;
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.
- When we asunder part,
it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart,
and hope to meet again.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster