John Day 8: Do you want to be well?

The Pool of Bethseda by Edward Burra

Gospel of John Reading Plan
Day 8 Reading:
John 5:1-15

Bringing the Word to Life
Pray for persons who would rather make excuses than be well.

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” – John 5:6 (NRSV)

While in Jerusalem, Jesus comes across many people by the pool of Bethesda (aka Bethzatha or Bethsaida) who are ill. They are there because the pool is reported to have miraculous healing powers. Jesus heals a man who has been sick for 38 years (2 generations).

Jesus asks the man if he would like to get well. The man makes three excuses: I can’t, I have no one, others get there ahead of me. What in me needs healing and has needed it for a long time? What excuses am I making to Jesus?

My prayer came out as a poem today…

Do you want to be well? by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Jesus asks, “Do you want to be well?”
Do I? Do I really?
I have been this way so long.
It’s what people expect of me.
It’s what I expect of me.
Change involves risk.
I know this life.
I’m getting by.
Is it good?      No.
Is it whole?    No.
But I know it.
It’s my normal.
Can I even imagine a new normal?
Others seem to get there, but not me.
I have no one to help me.
I can’t…. I can’t…. I can’t…

Jesus imagines it for me.
At his word I am well.

© 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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2 thoughts on “John Day 8: Do you want to be well?

  1. The part of this passage and the passage of the woman at the well is that once their lives had been touched by Jesus, they told people about it. It sounds really simple, bur it’s not actually for me. In order for them to tell people what Jesus had done for them, and in order for it to make any kind of difference to the ears of those who heard, they had to tell them who they were before…the basics of a testimony…who I was, who I am now that Christ has touched me. What if just the nature of my “before” offends people and because of what I have done, they either turn away from Christ or I become a distraction to them now that they know who I was? Can a testimony bring more harm than good?

  2. Such a different reading than mine! But so very true. I remember when I was dealing with a need for major healing. I remember being afraid and like I didn’t know life without that thing in my life. On the other side, I know the beauty of healing, but it was scary on the front end.

    For me, I read the question and thought through what is my answer to that? Do I really?

    Thanks for this insight.

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