Gospel Mark 2:1-12
I have been struggling with feelings of resentment lately because of my husband's long hours and then his tiredness when he comes home. Yes, we need to work on communicating better, and yes, he probably needs to try to cut back.
But at the same time, I need to be the one who has the faith for him to be healed by Jesus; for he is sick - and not physically but spiritually. And he needs to be healed.
Do I think that the paralytic's friends were resentful of having to carry him, what might have been a good distance, and then having the physical exertions of lifting him up and then down to Jesus? Yes, it was probably hard work, that they wish they didn't have to do, but they did it out of love for their friend. They brought him to Jesus to be healed because they believed.
I need to have that love for my husband in carrying him while he is sick - no matter if he is heavy, no matter how long it takes. I do it because I love him as my husband, and also as my friend.