Suffering is part of the human condition despite the fact that so many try to act like it's not. Social media platforms allow people to create whatever image they want others to see. Many use digital media to erase the appearance of struggle and hardship, painting a distorted picture of reality. So, despite what you see on your screens, let me assure you that no one is untouched by hardship and struggle.
Some struggles are public, like the death of a loved one or an injury. Others are private, like depression, abuse or addiction. Whether public or private, the road of suffering is difficult to walk. The good news is, you don’t have to walk it alone. The Bible records that when God created Adam, He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Then God created Eve and with her, companionship and ultimately community.
It is not good for us to bear the burdens and the sufferings of life alone, so why do we do it?
Often it is because we are ashamed of our struggles. Sometimes it is because we don’t want to add our burdens to anyone else’s load. Other times it is because we don’t want anyone else to know we’re struggling. Occasionally it is because we don’t have anyone in our lives who can help us carry them.
These are all reasons why Anew Day is so vital to our community. We believe all people should have someone to be open and honest with, someone who will listen and care, someone who will help them process and see their circumstances from a different perspective. We believe all people should have a personal cheerleader who roots for them and encourages them.
Anew Day is an organization of Christian people who love others by walking with them on the difficult roads of life to lend a helping hand.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” - Gal. 6:2
So, what does it mean to be a Christian? Among other things, it means that you intimately know and have experienced the love of God expressed through His son, Jesus Christ. This love changes a person from the inside out. This love is a light that shines into the blackest darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. This love is a gift, not to be hoarded, but to be shared. Jesus himself said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Jesus set an example of loving others and asks His people to follow it. Therefore…
"We love because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:19