Bearing Burdens Again

What are your responsibilities from day to day? Are there ways you can be helping a friend and vice versa?

From the ordinary everyday stuff like grocery shopping and running to the post office to the above-and-beyond stuff like taking all six of a friend's children for the better part of the day (more on that later), how can you and a friend step in for each other and bear the load?

This has been a difficult week. Let's face it; the job of educating six children at home while not feeling well (yes, the morning sickness lingers at will) isn't easy, and I'm not talking about the extraordinary stuff. Just producing three meals, keeping abreast of the laundry and homeschooling are the end of my limit these days.

And I fell apart, dissolved into tears last night while battling a two-year-old who doesn't want to stay in bed for the second week in a row. My husband was gone at a meeting all night, and while telling Lisa my very ordinary but hormonally-induced struggles, she offered to pick up my children this morning at 10 and keep them until the late afternoon. She bore my burden without holding it over me, condemning me, or expecting anything in return (although I did bring her a Jamba Juice).

The Servant Song

Sister let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I may have the grace to let you
be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey
We are traveling on the road
We are here to help each other
Walk a mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ Light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping
When you laugh, I'll laugh with you
I will share your joy and sorrow
Til we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love and agony.

Won't you let me be your servant?
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I may have the grace to let
you be my servant, too.