Bearing One Another’s Burdens
USA - California 1999
As I contemplated my involvement in this project I was immediately drawn to the reverent simplicity of the tiny redwood box. As I held the box and pondered its humble strength and quiet stability I was instantly reminded of the strength, perseverance and poise-under-pressure that often signifies women in general. This strength of endurance caused me to then think of the many burdens we all carry around with us, and how much lighter the burden can be when we know someone is helping to carry the load. The Bible reminds us to share in each other’s trials. By helping to bear the load brought on by death, illness, heartbreak, loneliness or other oppressions, we offer comfort and hope.
In creating this visual testimony I attached the lid to the box and produced a stable and strong vessel. The vessel houses the strength, perseverance and love that together can lift, carry and support the great weight of the burden that is placed upon it. The burden, a complex aggregate rock, is both rugged and smooth in its makeup. Beneath the rock is a cushion, a sheet of gold, intended to soften the burden. The rock is bound to the box with a tightly wrapped and intertwined cord. The cord is the weakest element. It can be cut, and at any time the burden can be lifted. The cord reminds us of our obligation.
It is my intent that this box stand as a reminder to all of us to humbly bear one another’s burdens, to encourage and strengthen one another, to love, honor and pray for one another. By helping to bear the burdens, we find joy in knowing that we have contributed to the needs of others. By bearing one another’s burdens there are blessings to be found in the midst of tribulation; there are victories to be found in hidden places.