Help from our friends

I love the story of the four men who carry their paralyzed friend to see Jesus and can’t get close because of the crowd. Undeterred, they carry him to the roof and lower him right into the middle of the crowd to the feet of Jesus. When Jesus sees the faith of the four friends, he says to the man, “Your sins are forgiven” and then “Rise, take up your bed and go home.”

It strikes me that this is a story about friendship. Those four men know what they have to do to get their friend some help and they do it. I’m intrigued with the attention Jesus pays to them, and that he equates what they have done for their friend as faith. I conclude that when you are weak and vulnerable and paralyzed in body and spirit, having friends can save your life; and that even when you can’t or don’t believe, having friends who do can give you your life back.


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