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  1. Jean says:

    This is very good!

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jean.

  3. John 20:29 says:

    Somebody wrote a strange song, “Every breath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you…” It wasn’t God 😯
    But, truth be told, God could have… I believe there may be a myriad of reasons why our suplications don’ t bring us our hoped for answers (won’t list them), but never, ever think that God, our triune God, isn’t watching… Maybe, sometimes, He is the One Who is waiting? Sometimes…
    Still I believe our persistent prayer is a good thing, even if all we can say is, “God I’m so tired of praying to You…” Been there. 😦
    …so it seems to me…. Dunno

  4. Shaun says:

    I have had similar thoughts with the pool at Bethesda in John 5 where a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered did not receive healing – but one who was ill for 38 years was healed.

    Honestly, it helps me personally cope with those who are not healed in my life.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I have always used the John 5 story that Shaun speaks of – but I more like this. Perhaps Jesus stepped over a dozen sick people to get to the guy he healed and then leaving, stepped over another dozen people on his way out with no good word other than perhaps “excuse me.”
    How about that?

  6. Michael says:

    I wrote those exact words here about 10 years ago…they didn’t go over well…

  7. John 20:29 says:

    Maybe Jesus stepped over the other hopefuls because not a one of them would have said, “Oh, i can wait, Lord. Help that guy over there, he been trying to get to the water for 38 years?” Mebbe not – dunno. 😳

  8. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think Jesus was hitting his marks – “because it was written” and “so that it may be fulfilled” etc

  9. JoelG says:

    I have no right to comment or speculate on this because I have little to no experience with physical suffering. But I will try anyway…

    I wonder how many physical ailments this woman experienced after this encounter that weren’t healed? How did she handle that?

    The only thing I can sermise is that whatever is on “the other side” will erase the memory of pain and suffering. Kind of like how a mother feels after giving birth to her child…

  10. Michael says:

    This passage (and the other passage referenced about Jesus at the pool of Siloam) is tremendously difficult to parse because we want to find a formula and make this a normative experience for all Christians.

    If we can just figure out how to “touch the hem of his garment” today our afflictions will be healed as well.

    You’ll hear those formulae in Word of Faith and NAR circles.

    Truth be told, most people don’t get healed and we all will die.

    Sometimes, people do get healed.

    There is no formula, no rhyme or reason and the prayer of faith doesn’t always work.

    I no longer try to speculate on the whys…it’s fraught with great spiritual danger to do so.

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