BURDENS WE CARRY
If we are honest, there is not one person who has no burden to carry. Everyone of us has something that may tempt us to worry or doubt. Maybe we are weighed down by illness, or job loss or temptation or depression. The good news is that we don’t have to carry our burdens alone. Many of us have family and friends who come alongside us to walk with us through the trials.
But even if all human friendships fail, there is One who is always with us, Jesus, the Lord of all.
Psalm 55:22 (CSB)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
I recently finished a poem about burdens that we face. Sometimes we think no one will understand our burdens, but as humans we face similar things. The poem is about particular people, but I’m sure as you read you may find one with which you can identify.
I pray that you will know that you are not alone. Jesus is the burden bearer who knows and understands our pain.
Burdens We Face
Day by day she fights the pain
Seeming normal on the outside
People seldom understand
The burden she seems to hide
Wheelchair user losing strength
Some may fail to see the bleakness
Of the burden he must bear
As he faces his weakness
Burdens press on every side
She struggles trying to survive
No one knows how deep her pain
This single mother of five
Muscle weakness causes pain
Temptations and trials invade
Thoughts are swirling in his mind
It’s easy to be afraid
Day by day the burdens come
She labors long as storms assail
Depression tries to crush her
But love and hope will prevail
A college senior now with
Loans to pay, decisions to make
Anxiety threatens peace
But his faith won’t let him break
A peacemaker is this one
Though hit with burdens of her own
She reaches out to others
Shows them they are not alone
Burdens come in many ways
Through thoughts, words, deeds or illnesses
Jesus gently reaches out
Feels our pain and weaknesses.
Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah
Psalm 68:19 (CSB)
We face burdens every day. Sometimes they seem too hard to bear, but you have promised to be with us. You can give us peace and joy despite the pain of our trials. Give us the faith to believe your word and trust that you will walk with us through our pain. You will give us strength and grace. I pray that You will be with all Your children and surround them with Your love. For those who do not know You, I pray that You will show mercy and bring them into Your family.
In the name of Jesus, I pray,
I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, even though I used more than five minutes, but the prompt is the word burden.