On the Verge of Collapse -
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ. —Galatians 6:2
On August 1, 2007, a typical afternoon commute across the I-35W
bridge in Minneapolis, turned tragic when suddenly and without warning, the
bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River below. 13 people died and 145 were
injured. Frankly, it was amazing so many people whose vehicles plunged into the
When we think about bridges, the vast majority of us never give a moment’s thought to whether or not they are structurally sound. We simply drive across them. It’s such a matter of trust for us that we don’t even consider the possibility that they might not be safe.
Think of the many people around you everyday, including the people
who make up your world of relationships. Some bear the physical scars of life
and some don’t. Most of us don’t give a moment’s thought to what is going on in
the lives of those around us. Yet, many people bear tremendous emotional and
spiritual damage – interior damage that few, if any of us, see. Like an unsound
bridge that looks normal, but is critically damaged in places unseen, most
appear as though all is well in their lives. Yet, some teeter at the brink of
collapse from the wounds that have weakened them.
In the Minneapolis bridge collapse, heroes emerged: People caught
on the collapsed bridge and rescue workers who quickly arrived at the scene.
These were people who courageously put their own lives at risk to help those
caught up in the tragedy. What a great reminder that we, as Christ-followers,
are called to be spiritual and emotional rescue workers in the lives of those
In the New Testament book of Jude, we read, “Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by
snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you
need to show mercy…” (Jude 22-23, NLT)
Today, decide to look below the surface of the lives of people in
your world. Chances are, there is someone you know who needs your support.
Through your love and care, you can help to prevent someone from suffering
1. Who, in your world of relationships, can benefit from your support and care?
2. Specifically, identify a way that you can help carry someone
else’s burden today.
Hebrews 3:13; 10:25; 12:14-15; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:8