This past week, I got to hang out with an old college friend at Kobawoo restaurant. I haven’t seen him since before the pandemic. It was really pleasant to catch and share what has happen in our lives…the beauty, the losses, the adventures, new found ideas and learnings, etc. I sometimes think deep friendships are rare and harder as we get older. Maybe this is a learning point for me and all of us…to keep our hearts and minds open to new possibilities of friendships and love.
Scripture: John 5:1-10 The Message Bible
1-6 Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?”
7 The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”
8-9 Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.
9-10 That day happened to be the Sabbath. The Jews stopped the healed man and said, “It’s the Sabbath. You can’t carry your bedroll around. It’s against the rules.”