"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." 

       NIV - Galatians 6:2
       It was discovered years ago that thousands of babies die from a lack of love. There have been numerous cases that show that babies who were wasting away were quickly restored to health when given "proxy mothers", or someone just to show care, who did no more than love them and caress them. How well I remember, as a lad on the family farm in Louisiana, when a farm animal gave birth. Sometimes a calf or colt or chick, for some reason sometimes had difficulty getting a grip on life. If they were cuddled and caressed they improved.
      The reason "proxy mothers" saved babies lives, is that they gave the babies something absolutely necessary -- a feeling of being loved and wanted -- a feeling of security.  There are untold numbers of men and women, the world over who are suffering mentally and emotionally, some physically, because "nobody cares". Having no love is the reason for millions of aborted babies in America.
      What a challenge to everyone who calls themselves a Christian! What a wide-open opportunity to love these unloved souls into the Kingdom! The Christian knows it will always be the Gospel which ultimately brings a soul into the Savior's fold, but it is the love of Christian people that brings the Gospel to those who are in need of love.
      How many people do we know within the Kingdom are hungry for our love -- people to whom we nod on Sunday morning,  but to whom we never speak, whose burdens we have never shared!? "Carry each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ", the apostle tells us.
      How often do we reach out to our friends and fellow men with the helping, healing love of Christ? Maybe someone, perhaps even on our street, in our own congregation, is waiting for such a demonstration of our affection. Do we let them wait in vain?
      Are each of us living up to the model of Christian fellowship which the Bible enjoins upon us? God grant that we are.

      Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate


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