Read today’s scripture, John 5:1-9
At forty-four years of age, I had lived the majority of my life in fear. It took many forms: constant, almost obsessive-compulsive monitoring of locked doors and alarm systems; uncontrollable shaking when dealing with people who were unstable and prone to violent outbursts…; and a complete reluctance to advocate for myself when necessary. The most prominent form of fear in my life, however, was the night terrors that plagued me for more than twenty years. One moment I would be sleeping soundly, safely snuggled between my husband and our cat(s); the next I was leaping out of bed, screaming and thrashing violently.
These disturbances were always precipitated by visions that shared one of these three themes: a spider, ghost, or monster was descending upon me; I was being buried or locked in complete, suffocating darkness; or – most commonly – I had been offered a choice, had chosen wrongly, and was therefore facing sudden death. All resulted in sheer terror. All left my husband, our cats, and me feeling bewildered and groggy the following day. …
Did I want to be healed? Seriously?
– Kristen E. Vincent
Beads of Healing
From pages 20-21 of Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness by Kristen E. Vincent. Copyright © 2016 by Kristen E. Vincent. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What fears keep you from trusting God? Share your thoughts.
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[a] Bethzatha,which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath.
John 5:1-9, NRSV
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