Saturday December 7, 2013
Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Mark 2:3
Would you be one of them? Would you leave your work, go out in the Capernaum heat, get three other friends, carry a litter over the house, thru the tile roof “just hoping” your ailing friend might be healed? You knew there was no way you would succeed, not with all door-ways blocked by seekers.
You convince yourself “Well, I did all I could... Who was to imagine this crowd?...Maybe next time I will just come earlier. Besides what difference will it make?”
How often do we search for “ways out?” If we spent as much effort in trying how NOT to do some thing than just get up and do it. Would this not be a better place? A better church?
What of your friend? He was healed because you did take the time, you did carry him over rooftops. Who will carry you?
You believe there is a Healer! You believe there is hope for the paralytic. Where do you measure to this faith? Above and beyond! It was because you had faith that you acted! Nobody made you do this act of kindness. When you clear away all the “story,” there are two acts that remain. There was a person in need and you were the one with faith to meet his needs.
These days of “giving” we can put our faith in action by silently doing one act of kindness. Be it a smile to the postal clerk, a word of encouragement to a child, letting a shopper move ahead of you. Believe you can carry “the load”. It really is lighter than you think.
During this coming year, I pray to “carry my load” and help others who need your healing hand. Let me guide them, lift them in prayer. Thy will be done. Amen.
Betty Ochoa wasn't a part of the original foundation of Providence but she feels like she was. Betty is a grandmother of one and lives in West Ashley.