WORD:

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ (John 5:6, NIV)

THOUGHT:

This is a curious question that Jesus poses to the man at the pool of Bethesda. Isn’t it obvious? Jesus invites the man to express his own agency. Too often, things are done to and for people with disabilities without asking “is this what you want?”

PRAYER:

God, help us to stop and ask “Is this what you want?”  Even when we believe that it is “for the best” or what needs to be done, may we never presume to remove the agency of another.


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WORD:

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.” (Mark 2:3, NIV)

THOUGHT:

It can be easy to believe that it is only remarkable and extraordinary things that make a difference. Yet, the simplest actions can be transformative. These four men did the most practical thing they knew – each picked up a corner of a mat. It was in meeting an immediate and practical need that the man on the mat was able to encounter Jesus.

PRAYER:

Jesus, may we see the small practical need before us. May we be willing to pick up a corner of someone’s mat so they might encounter you. May we never be too busy to meet the needs of another. 


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