I was going to talk about faith, but Patty Wysong does it so well that I’m going to refer you to Patterings.
Once you’ve read her post, come back here if you’d like.
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The Message (MSG)
2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
Jesus knows we’re human. He knows we’re weak. We often focus on circumstances. This passage shows us that the faith of friends is also important. The friends had heard about Jesus, they believed in Jesus, and they acted on that belief by taking their friend to see Jesus. And they didn’t just walk right up to him. No, they carried their paraplegic friend to the roof, removed part of the roof and lowered him down.
These friends were determined, their faith bold. Can you imagine the smile on Jesus’ face?
There are times when we are weak. Times when our circumstances overwhelm us and our faith falters in the situation. It’s good to have friends, friends who will carry our burdens to the feet of Jesus.
If you are burden, if your eyes are on your mountain and you can’t see your way around it, if you need prayer, please let me know, I’d be honored to carry you to Jesus. You don’t have to give me specifics, you can just type a simple ‘me’ in the box. If you prefer not to leave your prayer needs in the comment sections you may email me. The address is at the side.