My friend, may I ask you a question? In everyday life, is it the wise thing to do to decide to live or die as a group and to carry other’s burdens when they become too heavy to bear? Should each of us seek to build up other believers when their load becomes too heavy.

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. 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 the bird evidently just couldn’t keep up with the group. What was amazing, however, was that, as soon as that one bird broke formation, the two geese closest to it in the 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 I watched 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. If it wasn’t for the companionship of friends, breaking ranks could mean total isolation.

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. 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 fall, pick him up. That’s the only way we’ll all get through this--together!

We pray. Heavenly Father, “We thank You our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your precious Son, that You have graciously kept us this night from all harm and danger. Keep us this day also from sin and every evil, that all our doing in life may please You. In Your hands we commit our bodies and souls and all things. Let Your Holy Angel be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.” (Luther’s morning prayer adapted)

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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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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