Thursday, January 12, 2017

Through the Roof

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 

Through the Roof

A roof over our heads has become
a portal for love to pour through
a tear in the fabric of order and control
we are broken open so healing can come down.

Love urged men to break through the roof
love received them with great joy
repairs and remittance when all was done
healing and transformation come first.

The epiphany moment when the very rigid
is pliable, fluid, broken and in motion
sweeping up, making room for the excluded
open arms raised to receive the needy ones.

May we be those who break down walls and roofs
who let love motivate us and make us whole again
may our brokenness be used for the healing of others
and may there be no borders no limits to how we love.


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