Reaching out

This morning I want to ask you to do something.  Right now, think of at least one person who you know that is going through a trial right at this time.  Can you do it? If those around you will not share their burden, I can understand how you might not know. But why is it that we don’t share those things? Do we want to be thought of as having it all together all the time? Do we think that as Christians we never go through trials?  We all know that’s not true. Yet many of our closest friends will go through dark valleys, not wanting to burden you with the details. But I am thankful that I have friends that trust enough to share the times they are struggling. You see, I want to share that burden. It’s hard, but what a privilege to be there, to listen, to offer advice, or just be silent. That’s what friends are for. Some of us will have friends that just suck the life out of you, because their choices in life have left them totally drained, and they try to get all the energy they can from you.  They do so, because they know you do care. If you falter in that job, lift each other up, for the strength of a “three-strand cord” is stronger than one strand.  We, together with Christ, can work this out, can make it through. Scripture tells us: “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit,watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:1-2

If you reach out to me, I will pray with you.  If you hear of one who is struggling, reach out to them, and just listen. They don’t need you to be a Psychologist, just a caring friend. And you will then fulfill the law of Christ.

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