Psalm 81:6-7 I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I rescued you * * * * * * * * They are simple, tender, ordinary gestures. The pail of water held by one hand eased of the weight by another hand. The books juggled now shared. The groceries lifted from tired arms. The ladder steadied at the base. The umbrella held over an open car door. God cares for his people and in doing so he helps us twice. The weight of the burden is lessened and we are shown how, in our humanity, we can do the same. God loves us and reveals to us the power and the possibility of our human compassion when our hands are free. * * * * * * * * Holy God, use me. Amen.