August 27, 2015
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the story of the friends who lowered the paralyzed man through the roof of a home where Jesus was preaching. In Mark 2 we hear the account;
“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'”
The passage goes to to say that Jesus then healed the man’s physical ailments, and he was able to pick up his mat and walk home. The thing I love most about this passage is the audacity of the paralyzed man’s friends. Not only did they carry him to Jesus, but they made a way when there was no other way for their friend to be brought before the Lord. And when Jesus heals him, he says it was because of their faith- the collective faith, not just the faith of one man.
This passage speaks volumes to me about the importance of community- especially when I think about our clients in the CARE for AIDS program. So many of our clients find themselves in positions where there seems to be no way forward. Death is before them and, alone, they lose hope. But then a community of other men and women, including CARE for AIDS staff staff and fellow clients, surround them and help carry them to the feet of Jesus.
Our hope at CARE for AIDS, above all else, is to empower communities to carry their friends to Jesus when there seems like no other way. Join our team this week in praying for community at each of our 27 centers throughout Kenya, that every client and future client would be surrounded by a community that would not only point them toward Jesus, but would find a way to carry them to be healed at the feet of the Lord.