When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” – Jn. 5:6-8
This text has a particularly strong meaning for me this year. I have suffered from lower back pain for several years and finally had spinal surgery last fall. The surgery was successful, but I have to want to recover completely in order to do so. I have to do the work of physical therapy and exercise in order to be able to walk without a cane. It is a slow process of several months, but I am now beginning to see real progress. I am beginning to be able to rise, take up my mat, and walk. I pray that I will walk for the glory of God; my heart is full of gratitude and hope.
Reflected by Sharon Sullivan