Monday, November 12, 2007

Bearing Burdens

I looked up the word "Christian" in the dictionary tonight. It's defined, in part, as "exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus."

How does one exhibit the qualities or spirit of Christ when someone they love is hurting? Is it possible for a person, striving to be a Christian, to reach into the human body and heal a failing liver? How can one, from a distance, provide strength and support for a husband sitting in a hospital room, waiting for word on the status of a liver transplant for his 24 year-old wife? How does one, knowing a friend is bowing under the burden, do as Galatians said, and "...bear one another's burdens..."?

Exodus chapter 17 tells the story of Israel doing battle with the Amalekites:

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his
hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek
prevailed. But Moses' hands [were] heavy; and they took a stone, and put
[it] under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the
one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady
until the going down of the sun.

I can't be present physically, but perhaps, from a distance, I can do as Aaron and Hur did, and hold up the hands of those whom we love, who are under such an unimaginable load, through prayer.

And in doing so, I think perhaps we'll have done what we can to truly exhibit the spirit of Jesus. For as John 13 says:

By this shall all [men] know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another.

And what better way to show our love, than to bear the burden of another?

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