That whole sharing one another’s burdens thing

I’ve been thinking about emotions this morning, damaged emotions, broken hearts, hurting souls… real things that affect all of us. You know, in the natural realm, people hurt, people bleed, people have scars that remind them of past injury. The wound might be healed but the scar remains. I think we Christians are so much more critical of our souls than we are of our physical bodies. We give our flesh plenty of time to heal but we don’t extend the same grace to our souls. We don’t give it the same attention, somehow we value it less. This should not be.

It takes time for physical wounds to heal, it may take a little medicine, a bandage, a crutch. There are things we can do to aid in the healing process. Why do we not give this same aid to our broken hearts?

Yes, we have to forgive those who hurt us, (Mark 11:26) yes, we have to let go of offenses lest they consume us, (Psalm 119:165) yes, we have to forget the past and move forward (Philippians 3:13-14). But what about loving people and being loved in the process? What about not walking through it alone? The Bible tells us to Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 NLT).

When we go through trials, we need each other. I wrote a post called Don’t be an island last year and I reread it this morning. It’s so true. God didn’t just make one man in the Garden, he made man and woman. He made a pair. And it took both persons to create more people. Man couldn’t have children alone.

We need each other, we need friends, we need a listening ear and a comforting shoulder. We need to give ourselves the chance to grieve when we suffer loss, and to heal when our hearts are broken. Now, we can’t live there forever, wallowing in our pain, but I think there’s a balance that many of us are not paying attention to. Or maybe I’m writing this just for me today, but I’m trying to live by faith with a realization that I am human. I am fallible, easily broken, I bleed, I hurt, my eyes leak occasionally. I am not a machine. And neither are the people in my life.

I thank God for my friends and family, and I’m going to do a better job of that whole share one another’s burdens thing, both for them and for myself.