Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bonhoeffer: bearing one another's burdens

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    —Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
    It is the fellowship of the Cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden, he denies the law of Christ.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 101 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 6:2; Isa. 53:4; Matt. 5:41; 8:17; 11:29-30; Rom. 15:1; 1 Pet. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me alert to the one whose burden is heavy.
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