Thursday, February 18, 2016

What Friends Do

When Jesus 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 paralyzed 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 

What Friends Do

When we love we let others down
we bear their burdens and sorrows
bringing them to the point of healing
by cutting through any obstacle.

When we love we take consequenses
of damage and repairs with light hearts
we bring our broken friend to the place
where God's light can bathe them whole.

When we love we fear our losses
we fear even more the disappointments
fighting to bring the beloved nearer
aching for them to be safely delivered.

When we love we too are broken
broken open for love to take root
for love to grow beyond ourselves
for love to blossom into service.

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