Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV)
What does it mean to bear all things in love? The word bears in the Greek is στέγω (stego). It means to cover; to protect or keep by covering. Similar to a roof.
To be a roof for someone means to help someone bear up under things that are piling on. It means to bend yourself into a position that will help them withstand. Being a roof means that you will protect them and keep them safe in life.
How often in our lives are we called to be there for someone who needs an extra covering? How often do we say yes? Too often we are looking at our own situation and trying to figure out how to cover ourselves oblivious to the shelter someone else might need. We are unaware that just a little bending in their direction may get them to the place where they can withstand on their own.
Whose roof can you be today?
Is there someone that needs the shelter of your arms or your heart for a time?
It’s been my experience that when I offer that safe place, my own space grows brighter and stronger as well.
Whose roof will you be today?