Recently, I re-watched Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film The Last Waltz. (Actually, I mainly listened to it.) The Last Waltz is The Band’s final concert. Included in the concert are the American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group made up of Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, Pops Staples, Yvonne Staples, Cleotha Staples or you may know them as the Staple Singers.  In the film the Staple Singers contribution was they joined The Band in singing “The Weight.”  Throughout the song there are lots of biblical references and as they sing together there is a great melody, a deep abiding sincerity joined with a chorus of fellowship.  The song begins… “I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ about half past dead… I just need some place where I can lay my head… “Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?” He just grinned and shook my hand, ‘no’ was all he said.” Then the refrain “Take a load off Fanny… And put, put the load right on me.” (Yes I know it’s a shortened version of the refrain – hopefully some of you can hear the music in your head.)  Sipping on some hot tea, I’ve been reflecting on the special people, past and present, who share my load, who helped and help me carry the weight, in both the ordinary times as well as the extraordinary times.  I remember those I just dump my load on and also, those who were not aware they helped me carry my load.  I’ve been blessed with those who held and hold a Christ-like light for me. As you go about this day and all the days ahead, the invitation is to give thanks to God for those folks who share your life, who enrich you, who make you better and who care more than enough to help carry your load.

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ.”

Reflection Questions:
Who helps you carry the load?
What’s been weighing heavy on you?
Who needs you?

Prayer: Holy God, I give thanks for all those special people in my life who care enough about me and are willing to help carry my load.  Keep me mindful of those who need me to care for them. Amen.