Jesus heard this man’s story when he came to the Sheep Pool. We don’t know if he cured several or many of the waiting people. We know he asked this man on the mat:
Lent, a time when we acknowledge our sins, faults, our need for deep healing, encourages us to reach out for God’s healing love. One of the greatest sins of many of us, including me, is lack of trust. I don’t know if I could have weathered 38 years of lying by the pool waiting and hoping for a cure of my paralysis.
This is a great metaphor, isn’t it? Our/my lack of trust often paralyzes me. When I see where I have sinned, see where I need to be healed, I need to trust that God will heal me. I need to trust and ask for healing. I need to pick up my mat and walk each day!
I pray to grow in trust this Lent. Is this also your prayer? I know that God loves you and me and wants us to trust.
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