My father-in-law, Bill Mauk, died suddenly this past Saturday night at the age of 86. The outpouring of support from family and friends has been tremendous. We truly appreciate the prayers, the comforting words and the various deeds of kindness people have performed to express their compassion.
An elder in our church gave an example yesterday that illustrates how we need a good support system to help us through difficult times. He pointed out that it would seem unbearably painful for a person to lie down on a bed of nails. If there were only a few nails, this would be true. However, the secret is in the large number of nails. Because the pressure is spread among so many nails, the pain is bearable.
So it is with our grief. The more people we have holding us up, the easier it is to bear the pain.
Let’s appreciate those who support us in times of difficulty, and let’s vow to help others through their hard times as well.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”—Galatians 6:2.