My friend, may I ask you a question? When we find ourselves in the middle of a tumult in our lives which causes us to come crashing down to a pretty rough landing, is there someone there to help us? If it wasn’t for the companionship of friends breaking ranks to come to our aid, would we be able to handle the pain alone?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I watched a flock of Canadian Geese fly over Beech Springs the other day. What a beautiful sight to see. It was the usual V-shaped flight formation except that there was one bird straggling toward the rear of the group. Suddenly that bird broke formation completely and slowly glided toward a soft landing in a nearby field. For some reason, evidently, the bird just couldn’t keep up with the rest of the formation. What was amazing, however, was that as soon as that one bird broke formation, the two geese closest to it in formation broke ranks as well. Together they glided down to that same field where their comrade had landed only moments earlier. They waddled up close to their exhausted friend and stood a sort of watch. I observed them for a brief time until all three bounded back into flight, now a small flock of three with one of the companion birds now leading the way.
So it is sometimes with us. We find ourselves in the middle of a tumult in our lives and come crashing down to a landing that takes us out of the rhythm of life in sync with others. If it wasn’t for the companionship of friends breaking ranks, it could mean total isolation for us.
Here’s a story: On July 25, 2002, nine coal miners were drilling into the Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania when 50 million gallons of water released into their shaft, cutting them off from the surface. More than 200 rescuers worked to save them. The men were trapped in a small chamber in frigid 55-degree water. The miners “decided early on they were either going to live or die as a group.” They were all rescued as a group some 77 hours later. To avoid hypothermia, when one would get cold, the other eight would huddle around that person, and when another person got cold, the favor was returned. “Everybody had strong moments,” one miner later reported. “But any certain time maybe one guy got down, and then the rest pulled together. And then that guy would get back up, and maybe someone else would feel a little weaker, but it was a team effort. That’s the only way it could have been.”(Peter Kennedy, © 2003.)
In everyday life, we need to decide to live or die as a group and to carry other’s burdens when they become too heavy to bear. Like those geese, we need to be on watch, keeping an eye on our neighbors, always ready to reach out and ease their emotional and physical crash landings. Each of us needs to seek to build up other believers when their load becomes too heavy. “To bear one another’s burdens” simply means to help each other along. If you see your fellowman leaning, prop him up; if you see him stumble, help him get his footing; if he falls, pick him up. We live in uncivil times where it seems that so many are shrinking back, unable to come to the aid of others because of a perceived danger everywhere that taking the stage is risky and taking care of ourselves is common sense. That attitude is unbiblical, unwise, and unhealthy for you, me and our neighbor. There’s only way we’ll all get through perilous times–together!
We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes the worries and cares of life wear us down and just bring us down and we crash. It’s at times like this we feel the most alone, the most vulnerable. We need friends and thy need us. Forgive us Lord when we don’t regard our friends with the same regard we expect from them. We ARE all in this together and thankfully so. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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