Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
I was contacted by a friend the other day who is carrying a huge and ungainly load of sorrow. She just needed to talk, and to maybe get some counsel. We spent quite some time discussing her situation, and my heart is heavy for her. I did try to give her some practical suggestions, but mostly I listened, and promised her that I would lift her up to the Lord.
We can’t always physically help to carry burdens for others, but when we can, we should. Most churches I’ve been in have a system for providing meals when a member is sick. Others offer child care, or rides to appointments, or help with cleaning and laundry. When such help is within our power, we need to offer it with a heart of love and compassion.
When prayer is what we have to offer, we shouldn’t say, “All I can do is pray.” Prayer is the best help we can give anyone, because when we pray we go to the One Who can lift the burden completely.