when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. Mk 2:4
In an Ordinary Voices podcasts, I spoke with a nurse about her experiences working in the birthing unit of a hospital. I expected to hear heart-warming stories about love. Stories about a mother being in the delivery room while a devoted father stood by her side. Her grandparents in the waiting room preparing to welcome this child into the world. I did not expect how many of her stories were about broken people.
She shared stories about single mothers coming in all alone without a clue how to get through the experience. Stories of fathers who rejected, then left child and mother alone in the hospital. Julia, the nurse, came to realize one of her most important roles was helping these wounded women find support. The enduring lesson I took from the whole experience was, there is always support. Julia said, “You may not see it at first, but there is always someone to help you.”
Today’s story is the kind of experience we all hope for if we ever find our health compromised. A paralytic man cannot reach Jesus to be healed. His friends, determined to help, carry him to the roof, cut a hole in it and lower him down. Even Jesus was amazed by their efforts. It is a comforting story, but it can leave us wondering, would we have such friends to help us in a time of need?
There are all kinds of things that can leave us paralyzed: viruses, strokes, spinal cord injuries and trauma to the nervous system. Sometimes, however, the most paralyzing condition is hopelessness. Hopelessness is magnified when we feel isolated and alone. You are never as alone as you might think. There is always someone in our lives to help us find the support we need. May our eyes be opened to see the support around us and our hearts opened to be the support others need.
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- Where would you turn to for support in a time of need?
- Who would turn to you for support?
- How can you grow your support system – receiving and giving it?
- Today, how can you open your heart to help others?
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