It has been chaotic at my house the last month. I got two brand new foster kids and a lot of extra germs.
In this last month: They got a runny nose = I got a runny nose. They were coughing = I was coughing. We then progressed into ear infections, sore throats, and finally (to top it off) a bad stomach virus. It all came to a peak when I finally collapsed on a Saturday morning from dehydration from the stomach virus.
It would have been all insufferable if it wasn’t for a big detail: I wasn’t alone. I had my husband and parents, whom I am very grateful for. But I also have a loving church community.
The members at my church, some were good friends and some I just causally saw at church—but in my time of need they came through like family. They brought me dinner (with so much leftover), gifts, financial aid, groceries, companionship, wisdom, comfort, and (most importantly) Prayer.
It was a true reflection of Galatians 6:2:
“Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
What is the law of Christ? Well, Jesus told us himself:
‘The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’” Mark 12:28–31
As someone who has been in the receiving end this month, I can tell you that I felt so loved by all the people that organized, gave, and prayed for me. It has been an immense amount of help and comfort beyond words.
If you don’t have one already, find a Church community. Help those whose burdens are heavy, and gratefully receive help when you need it. Because we are all called to fulfilling the law of Christ: Love.
With lots of love and gratitude,
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.