1/16/2022 Bearing Burdens ~Rev. Benjamin Chung
When it’s time to slow down—slow down. The LORD can even cause you to slow down if He wills it. Someone who caught Covid a few months ago applied this fact as she was bed ridden for over 2 weeks. As she and her husband battled the virus, they also interpreted the time to be quiet and tune into the mind of Christ. For them, it was definitely a spiritual battle and coming out of it, they can now hear from the Lord much more clearly. (And during their sickness, their teenage children were able to care for
For my own family, Covid was not so debilitating (and so we think we had the Omicron variant). Ignatius had a fever in the afternoon and by the next morning, he was completely fine. Athanasius also became fatigued and had a dry cough. For Angelia and myself, we had flu-like symptoms and this drove us to resting in the bed for 1 to 2 days. Thankfully, we did not come down with the sickness at the same time, so we were able to care for each other. This was actually my prayer request to the LORD, as our children are not old enough to care for us at their age. We were also grateful recipients of food that was dropped off during our sickness. What wonderful gestures of love we experienced. Galatians 6:2 was clearly applied, which states, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (ESV). Indeed our burdens were borne by others outside the household and inside. Not only that, we received my prayer from the church. James 5:14 states, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him.” We are grateful to the deacon board and everyone else that prayed for us during this ordeal. We did not go through this event alone.
This is also how it should be. We support one another, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. We come to one another’s aid as Romans 12:5 (NIV84) says, “In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Let us care for always, and in so doing, fulfill the will of the Lord. Amen!