Share the Burden

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Dog with a backpack

At the local farmers market yesterday I was standing waiting to approach a vendor when a petite woman walking a large dog stood next to me talking with an acquaintance. The acquaintance noted that the dog was wearing a double backpack and the woman was using it to transport her purchases of bread, fruit and veggies. The woman responded “He is stronger than I am and is better able to carry the load. And he doesn’t seem to mind.”

At once I got to thinking about the load we struggle to carry by ourselves. We are so reluctant to share our burdens with others,  let alone giving them over to God to carry for us. We somehow think that we need to carry the whole load ourselves – even while the one who is stronger, willing, and who wouldn’t mind carrying them for us out of love,  stands by as we insist on struggling with the burden by our selves all the while straining and gritting our teeth.

I am reminded of the verse of that old hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus”

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

It is so easy to talk about and yet so hard for us to do.  Once we recognize that we are better able to reflect and share the love of God with others when we allow God to help us carry our burden it becomes easier with practice, to give our most onerous burdens to God. – who is stronger, willing, and doesn’t mind carrying them for us.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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