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Background song is "Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary"
How To Carry Your Burden
A monarch of long ago had twin sons. There was some confusion about which one
was born first. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair way to
designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young men thought them
equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and physical strength.
Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a trait in one which was
not shared by the other.
Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, "My sons, the day will
come when one of you must succeed me as king. The burdens of sovereignty are
very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to bear them cheerfully, I
am sending you together to a far corner of the kingdom. One of my advisors
there will place equal burdens on your shoulders. My crown will one day go to
one who first returns bearing his burden like a king should."
In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together. Soon they
overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far too heavy
for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to help her. The
other protested: "We have a burden of our own to worry about. Let us be on our
The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to the aged
woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also needed help.
A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man slowed him to a
Eventually he did reach his father's advisor, where he secured his own burden
and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he arrived at the
palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with dismay. He said,
don't understand. I told our father the burden was too heavy to carry. However
did you do it?"
The future king replied thoughtfully, "I suppose when I helped others carry
their burdens, I found the strength to carry my own."
By: ~ Author Unknown ~
GOD Bless Sonya and Lourie
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