An old Yiddish proverb says, “God gave burdens, also shoulders.” But have you ever felt that your shoulders were too weak to bear your burdens? This is one reason God has made the church a family—that we might bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Often, God gives us the privilege of helping to lift the burdens of others. Sometimes, God uses our shoulders to lift someone else’s burden.
While it is easy to see only our own needs, there are always people around us who are hurting. Sometimes we see their needs, and sometimes the needs are so personal we never even know about them. But whether a person’s need is known or unknown, everyone has burdens. And God gives a church the privilege of ministering to each other.
What can we do to lift the load of another person? Here are six simple ways: (more…)