As I read this well-known story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man, I wondered for the first time: Why does Jesus tell him to take his stretcher home with him? What use does this man now have for a stretcher? Perhaps, I thought, Jesus knew the man would need a memento of his healing—something he could set next to his front door and see every day as a reminder of what Jesus had done for him.
For when Jesus touches our lives—healing us emotionally, spiritually or even physically—we have a responsibility that goes beyond just continuing to live our lives. We must be willing to share our renewed selves with others, and we must live in fuller awareness and gratitude for what we have been given. We need to place our stretchers by the door where we can see them.
What reminders do you have of God’s action in your life?
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