In this familiar passage about Jesus healing the paralyzed man, we read in verse 19, “when they could not find a way…” The men carrying the paralyzed man were not deterred by the barriers and obstacles that kept them from getting to Jesus. They creatively thought of an option to accomplish their goal by cutting a hole in the roof and lowering the man to Jesus.
Maurice Anderson is a young man who lives in Chicago. Like so many in the great city of Chicago, Maurice rides the subway to go work and to get back home. On the weekends, he rides to travel to his hometown. The subway in Chicago, also known as the “L,” transports people from all walks of life. It was no surprise, when Maurice boarded the train late one Friday, that he found himself sitting across from a homeless man.
There are so many times in our lives where we may feel afraid or anxious about what lies ahead. As our Pastor of Congregational Care I talk to many in our family of faith who face uncertain futures. Sometimes there is an upcoming surgery that involves more risk than normal. Others are caring for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They see their loved ones changing right before their eyes and that is frightening. Still there are others carrying a mountain of student loan debt with no job prospects in sight.
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethzatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
It is cold outside! This week we have seen record low temperatures in many parts of the country. Like many of us, I don’t want to go outside when it is really cold. I prefer the warmth and comfort of inside. However, many people want to be outside every chance they get. Caden Thieman is one such person who loves to play outside, no matter the temperature.
Please take a moment today to read through Numbers 33 which tells about the stages of Israel’s journey under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. By the time you get through all 56 verses, you will likely be wondering “what’s the point?” Especially when you read the last verse!
Like many children in the summer time, Ruby Kate often goes to work with her mom. Ruby Kate’s mom, Amanda runs a business that operates out of several nursing homes in their community of Harrison, Arkansas. One day, while Ruby Kate was at work with her mom she noticed a resident staring out a large window. Ruby Kate approached the resident and asked what she was doing. What happened next helped Ruby Kate find a way to bless several lives.
This being the month of January there is always lots of talk about bettering ourselves, becoming healthier, and losing weight. So of course, I had been trying to be good along with everyone else- I’d made about two weeks of good choices- then BAM- a bad day hit.
He had to pass through Samar′ia. So he came to a city of Samar′ia, called Sy′char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.