HEALING at the Speed of Light
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[ Beth-zatha,[b] which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
DEVOTION by Noralea Poladian Goodrow
Lord Jesus we come before You with open hearts and open minds eager to learn from You. Teach us, Lord, to “notice” those who are physically or emotionally unable to come to Your place of healing, regardless of the day. Speak boldly through us, asking the question, “Do you want to be made well?” “Tune our ears to hear words spoken and unspoken. Words that say, “I have no one to put me in the healing waters and others step ahead of me.” Lord fill us so full of your Holy Spirit which enables us to usher people into your place of healing, your throne of grace. Dear Lord, please take our heart, our mind, our hands, our ears, our eyes, our feet and anoint them with the power of your Holy Spirit. Please allow the healing power of Your presence to spill over on everyone we notice. Allow Your touch transform brokenness to wholeness.
Lord Jesus, when you ask us if we want to be made well, free us to respond, YES! When you tell us to “stand up,” remove what we’ve been leaning on and begin to walk, grant us the power and courage to begin walking, boldly, in health and well-being!
We proclaim that we would give all praise and glory to you, Lord Jesus, the name above every name.
Lord, You are the light. We proclaim and allow Your healing power to enter at the speed of light.
We give You thanks and praise.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Practice “noticing” people.
Practice listening to their words spoken, unspoken, body language and emotions.
Practice pausing and allowing the Spirit to speak and lead you.
MY CHRISTMAS MEMORY:
Family tradition: We meet at my parent’s home on Christmas Eve, have a wonderful dinner and exchange gifts, special gift selected for “our person”! (we draw names prior) A very special time for many years.