If there could be an Academy award for Most Inspiring Movie Scene of All Time, I would give it to that one at the climax of The Return of the King, when Frodo collapses in utter exhaustion, saying he can’t possibly go on carrying the terrible burden of the Ring. To which his faithful companion Sam says emphatically, “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” And then Sam hoists his failing friend onto his back and carries him the last few steps so that Frodo can complete his mission.
Certainly, Sam’s words to Frodo are words that each one of us has had many opportunities to repeat to our own loved ones. “I can’t carry your burden for you. I can’t feel the pain that your physical disease, emotional anguish, or spiritual sickness is causing you. I can’t suffer for you. But I can suffer with you.”
If you haven’t had your chance to say this to anyone yet, just wait for it – it will come.
And then you’ll discover, to your great surprise, that burdens borne with love become blessings. Maybe they feel no lighter, but you find yourself carrying the weight of them gladly. And what a difference gladness makes – to ourselves, and to the people we are helping.