There was a man who was paralyzed, and some other men were carrying him on a mat. They tried to bring him and put him down before Jesus. But there were so many people that they could not find a way to Jesus. So they went up on the roof and lowered the crippled man down through a hole in the ceiling. They lowered the mat into the room so that the crippled man was lying before Jesus. Jesus saw how much faith they had and said to the sick man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:18-20
Jesus saw and rewarded the tenacity of these friends. The man was paralyzed and could not move on his own. They tore down the roof and carried him into the presence of Jesus. There are two important healings that take place. The man is able to walk out of the space, but the deeper blessing is in the healing balm and power of friendship. Jesus was touched by their faith, complete trust and confidence in Him.
I am grateful for the healing presence and tenacity of friends. There are moments when I may be paralyzed and numb with frustration, exhaustion or grief. In these times, I can’t move or pray on my own. I am grateful for my sisters who spiritually lift me up in prayer and carry me into the presence of Jesus. In the midst of our remote world that prevents us from physically being with each other – it doesn’t prevent my sisters and I from spiritually lifting and carrying one another. One of the most precious gifts that we can receive and send is the healing power of having and being a praying friend.
Today I invite you to spiritually lift up your sister-friends in prayer and into the presence of Jesus. Take a moment this week to send texts, write or call a Sister who has spiritually lifted you up in prayer and carried you into the presence of Jesus. Christ will be touched by your faith, complete trust and confidence.
Grateful to carry and to be carried by my Sisters,
Rev. Sheila P Spencer