Heavy Lifting by Scarlett Stough (graphic of women carrying 2 large boxes.) 

It's easy to imagine one is strong, at least until some heavy lifting is required. It’s easy to imagine we "love" everybody, at least until it becomes difficult. Remember the saying, "He's not heavy; he’s my brother?" I'm sorry, but even a ten pound infant becomes heavy when a mother carries the baby in her arms over a long night, or day. Every mother has experienced the increasingly heavy experience of walking the floor with a crying infant.

Psychologically and emotionally loving a difficult person becomes heavier over time: difficult bosses and co-workers, difficult children, persons needing the constant attention of a caregiver and the list can go on. This kind of long term challenge tests our commitment to persevere in love to God and other people.

Blessed is the person who has another to help with this kind of heavy lifting. Jesus has promised his own help. We can count on him even if we can't count on other people to help.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16
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