Bear (endure, carry) one another's burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking.
How important it is to be there for each other in the hard times. We are currently learning this well. When in the midst of a hard time, it's burden-lightening to have someone love on you. Even in the simplest way.
That first day, back in May, when the cancer was discovered sneaking throughout me again, the kids were home, my niece was here visiting and dinner was the furthest thing from my mind.
Jason and I were kind of numbly walking through the afternoon, trying to wrap our minds around the news we had just received hours before. The Wagners called and said they were bringing over dinner. We hadn't asked for dinner. I actually didn't even feel hungry a bit, and was surprised to look up and see that infact, it was already past 6pm...dinner time. They dropped over with a quick hug and dinner and left. They saw a need, that we hadn't even had time to notice yet, and filled it.
Nan came by with an arm full of happy flowers a few hours later. (I actually almost didn't open the door cus it was kind of late and I wasn't expecting a visitor:). A hug and flowers. Just what I needed, and didn't know it.
These are just a smidge of the ways we were loved on...they beared our burdens, enduring and carrying the hurt with us. Loving us into a place of safety. Those first few days our troops had rallied quickly. The body of Christ at work. A glimpse of Christ through other's actions.
This is how He meant it to be. Bear the burdens of others when it's uncomfortable, awkward and sad. As much as we want to keep our distance sometimes, because their reality is hard, it infact benefits both parties greatly to bear one another burdens.
Thank you bearing and carrying our burdens with us this past year!