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The Buddy Bench

Posted on: 7-15-112015

Recently, I read a story about a school who placed a “buddy bench” on their playground.  One student’s mom saw the bench and asked him what it was.  He explained that it was a buddy bench and that if someone felt lonely or sad, they could go sit on the bench and another student would come sit with them and help them not to be lonely or sad anymore.  The mom asked if he had used the buddy bench when he was feeling down and he told her he did when he first came to the school and didn’t have any friends yet.  He went on to say that someone came and sat with him and helped him not to feel lonely anymore.  He explained that since that day, he had seen other children sitting on the bench and he went to sit with them because he wanted to help them in the way he had been helped.  After I read the story, I thought about the major impact this bench could possibly have in the lives of those who sat on it…not just for the ones receiving help, but also the ones giving the help.  What this bench gives to the children can change not only their day, but possibly their entire school year and entire life.  Who knows how far the impact of that one life event can travel?  That bench should be a symbol of our lives.  We should be available for those who are lonely, sad, hurting, or simply in need of a friend.  They ought to be able to “sit” in our lives and receive comfort, acceptance, security, a shoulder to cry on, or whatever they need to help them through whatever they are facing.  God called us to love one another, to be kind to one another, and to help one another bear the burdens of this life.  He has been our “bench” and provided us with everything we have ever needed.  We, like the young boy in the story, should serve others in the same manner in which we have been served.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2

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