Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command. Galatians 6:2 (Living Bible)
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (KJV)
Sometimes, we undervalue the gift of listening. We as counselors have the opportunity regularly to listen to our clients, and thereby, with that simple act alone, we can help bear the burden of the client. Listening alone is often not sufficient for counselors, since we have the obligation to offer other resources, help to plan for solutions, and refer to other helpful resources such as medication support, or other community supports.
However, listening alone is a sacrificial gift which we all can offer to others. We humans are built to be social beings. We are made to interact with others because it is beneficial for us physically, spiritually and emotionally.
I have often marveled at the relief that is experienced when one can simply talk with another person who can hear their heart. The problem does not change, but the acceptance and support of that other person(s) makes the burden just a bit lighter. It feels freeing to simply expose the issue to another person who cares and wants to help.
When Paul said in his letter to the Galatians that they were to “bear one another’s burdens”, I think this is what he had in mind.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us all the high calling of bearing one another’s burdens. In doing so, we are obedient to your purposes, Amen