Making the burden lighter

When I look upon my list of sufferings

personal and individual

they always seem so daunting and imposing to my eyes.

They are mine, and so the scars they bring are so much more raw and wounding

searing with pain and regret.

And yet my list, though imposing to me, is so much shorter than it could be.

I bear my sufferings, but the sufferings of the world are so much greater.

And so I put them in a sack

and sling them over my shoulder

and move on to someone who’s sack is so much larger

and painful.

Mine is filled with daggers, but they are sharp to only me.

Another’s may be filled with swords

or bombs

and thus it is my task to walk beside and bear it with them

making the burden lighter.

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Psalm 30:11-12


About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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