Saturday, December 8, 2007

Can I help?

The Good Samaritan


That is the question I want to ask this season. Help me remember Lord. For every sales person, every mom, every single, every youth, every co-laborer, every brother, every sister, every person I encounter, especially during this season...

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Everyone is hiding something, and it's not because they're deceptive. It's just that some wounds are too private. When your husband is being insensitive and uncaring the pain can be too deep to discuss. When your wife wounds you with acid words you're crushed inside but you can't show it. So you both go off, lick your wounds and try to avoid the comments and questions of others. Is that where you are today struggling with something too painful to talk about? If so, realise that others are too! Their anger is a symptom. Their aloofness just hides their fear of being known and maybe rejected because they've been hurt before.
Jesus saw the best in the worst of people and went out of His way to be gracious to them. Do you remember how He treated the woman 'caught in the act' of adultery (John 8)? Public exposure! Can you imagine the depth of her shame? Yet Jesus saw someone worth saving, loved her, lifted her and gave her the strength to do better. You are called to do that too! So remind yourself today that others are going through things you don't know about. They're crying tears you don't see and feeling isolated in ways you can't imagine. Don't be a burden; be a burden-bearer! Indeed you may be the only one who crosses their path today.
Taken from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Gal 6:2-4 Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law.
If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others.

3 comments:

Mike said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you.
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Rick said...

Interesting art - the Good Samaritan, right? My art is a little different.

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Shadraq said...

Wow, what a post - especially in light of what The Godfather spoke about the next day.

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