When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. And 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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’ Mark 2:1-12
Through the Roof
The convinced me to go
despite my reluctance and discomfort
vulnerable for all the world to see
probably returning no better than before.
They love me well and constantly
seek to heal my brokenness as if I shame them
as if my useless limbs remind them of fraility
they want to hide me away.
But no they lift me up down the road
a great swelling crowd is gathered
and there is no room for me
but love persists will not take no.
Up to the roof they go gently swinging me
they set me down and get to work
to beat a hole into the roof
a pathway to lower me to God.
The touch of love persistent and coruageous
has brought me to this day trembling
I want so much to be whole again
and see turn my face to heaven's light.
I am touched and held forgiven set free
a dependent no longer but a part of all
mended now I will sing the healing for all
and persevere for God walks among us.