We are living in unprecedented times and moving into uncharted territory but we have one constant: the presence of our living Lord with us; the One who is sustaining all things by His powerful word (Hebrews 1:3). As children of God, we have nothing to fear. As children of God, we have the Prince of Peace in and with us. As children of God, our calling and commission has not changed; we are to serve one another in love. The bible reminds us in Galatians 6:2 that we are to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Christ is the law of love, and love is fulfilled when we carry (or as some older translations say, “bear”) one another’s burdens. To “bear” or carry a burden includes enduring and suffering with another. Think about that for a moment. We are called to carry someone else’s burden. That tells me that the other person will be a burden. This is an honor and a privilege. This is not a choice or an action that nonbelievers understand. Nonbelievers order their lives so others are not a burden; they stay clear of every burden the other person may create for them. Not so for children of God. We must “carry one another’s burdens.” In fact, only as a burden is the other really a brother or sister and not just an object to be controlled.
PRCC, may we be known for entering into the burden of our brothers and sisters. As Paul says later in Galatians 6:9-10: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
As a church, here are two ways we can “carry one another’s burdens.”
(1) CARE-chain. Let’s intentionally call our PRCC family to check up on them. To participate, make sure you have the latest Church Directory and then find your name and the name of the family just below your name. That family becomes your “CARE responsibility.” So 2-3 times per week, call that family and check in with them and see: (a) how they are doing; (b) if they have any essential needs that need to be met. If after the call there’s an urgent need, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (805.239.4771) the church office to let us know so we can facilitate the meeting of that need.
(2) PRCC CARE Response Team. You will be receiving an email and more information shortly, but this Team is being formed with the purpose of meeting the needs identified from our CARE-chain. Please be praying about how you may participate. If running errands is not your forte, we will also be gathering essential supplies to help those in need so helping us stock this “resource pantry” would be a great help!