Traveling around the first of the year, the portals from the sky abounded…
For one thing, everyone brings baggage onto their pilgrimage.
It’s truly a good sign when strangers defer to one another in the tight aisles and seating areas.
One young guy went out of his way to help an older woman put her luggage in the overhead bin. I don’t believe she could have lifted that roll-on - especially at that angle. One got to serve and one got to say, “Thanks.” That’s a win-win if ever there was one.
On another flight, a woman scolded me for putting my luggage a few bins back. But on a different leg of the trip, a woman helped me get my suitcase because it was behind my seat and difficult to reach. The contrast was astounding.
Life can be cramped, offer challenges coming from all angles and issue burdens heavier than we can lift.
No matter what the particulars, it’s clear that we all carry some baggage.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Is it an opportunity to judge or help that you see in front of you on any given day of this new year ahead?
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him…“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Galatians 6:2 NIV, Luke 10:33,34 NIV, Matthew 7:3 NIV