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Monday, September 12, 2011

Remember to Help Carry the Burden



Remember seemed to be the main theme of Sunday’s Sermon at my church by our guest minister.

Remember Pearl Harbor! Remember the Alamo, Remember 9/11, all causing us to bring back painful memories and to honor those who suffered and died in these tragedies.

In the last ten years our world has experienced severe and brutal catastrophes and devastation in the form of terrorist’s attacks, shootings, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and mine cave in’s.

Rescue teams and organizations have rallied to bring aid and assistance to the hurting.

The population all over the world has paused and then sprung into action to assist and to help carry the burden of the suffering.

We do not live to ourselves. It is up to us to reach out to those suffering and in need.

Pastor gave an illustration of the people in India who carry large heavy burdens on their back. To rest, they would lean up to a building and do a movement so that the building carried their burden for a time enabling them to find rest.

Pastor reminded us that Jesus is our burden barer and that if we cast our care on Him, he will carry it for us and give us His rest.

Years ago there was a Cartoon sketch of a young boy carrying his brother that was brought to the attention of Father Flannigan. He obtained the rights in August 1943 to recreate the drawing in color with the caption "He ain't heavy, Father . . . he's m' brother." The phrase became the motto of Boys Town. Later a popular song was written to show that we must help our brothers and sisters in need.

Pastor reminded us that often we are filled with rage over these man-made and otherwise dilemmas, that we must remember what Jesus taught us about forgiveness. He illustrated to his friend Peter, that we must forgive not 70 times, but 70 times 7.  In other words, to always find it in our hearts to forgive.

Pastor used as his reference: (Message Bible) Romans 12: 1-2 Place Your Life Before God

1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Jesus and His teachings have at times been referred to as “The Way.”  We are reminded in Isaiah 30:21 - - This is the way, walk ye in it.


Most of us are not able to rush to the scene of accidents and help those in need, but we can pray and we can give.  Ask God what He would have you can do and then set about doing it. 


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5 comments:

  1. What a perfect reminder. His yoke is easy and His burden is light... i think to understand we need forgiveness everyday helps us to forgive. There isn't one of us who don't need it. Why is it so hard to give it?

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  2. Oh! I forgot to let you know I linked up your site on mine today. It was inspired by the one you did on Eve and original sin. For some reason it didn't highlight on your link it comes out typed, although I didn't type it I cut and pasted it? I'll work on it....

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  3. 1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
    .......
    Dear Hazel,
    Allow me to get these words from you and serves as reminder at all times.I remember the good old days when I was younger..when talking and praying before Him seemed to be easy and I was very at ease knowing I will be heard..that I have a friend.But as I grew up,get older,got married and have my own family...I do feel that I am a stranger to my very own faith..much less to Him..I miss those days when all the conversation and placing Him at the core of my life is natural and free flowing.

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  4. Dear Marelie, God is only a breath away, and never leaves us. It is us at times that leave him as we are busy raising our family. Dust off your Bible, or get a new one, and read in the NEW Testament a portion every day. He is waiting for you to return to your faith in Him. Just pray a prayer and ask Him to be real to you again in your heart.
    Love, Hazel

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  5. I have bookmarked your blog, the articles are way better than other similar blogs.. thanks for a great blog!

    Mel insurance

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