Galatians 6:2 Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I can’t tell you what it meant to me, through our cancer journey, to get a card or text that someone was praying for us! To think, total strangers and friends who heard, “dad of 6, has colon cancer,” stopped what they were doing and prayed.
Whether for healing or strength or just good ol peace, I felt those prayers. Everyday, they came and everyday I knew I would be given just what we needed for that 24 hours.
Paul had a similar story of suffering and comforting:
2 Corinthians 7:6–7 “But God, who comforts the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he comforted… because he* reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.” -Paul
Someone caring. Someone longing. Someone else mourning, for us in our situation. It brought a sort of relief, and an actual rejoicing. We were not alone! Others were walking with us, bearing our burdens.
God did not create just one human and leave him alone, He gave him a mate -a wife. Genesis 2:18 “I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.” And through that… a family… and through that a community. We humans need each other!
Do you know someone hurting or struggling today? I encourage you -send them a quick text, or note, or message. It meant so much to me and I’m sure, it will to them. Probably more than you’ll know.