“And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.” Mark 2:3,4
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
One week ago, I aired my inner struggles concerning a particular family difficulty in a very public place. It was nerve wracking. On the one hand it felt like a failure, because it felt as though I were not trusting that God would take care of my needs. On the other hand, I knew that God provides through people. In the last week through the generosity of friends (and a few friends of friends) and our parish family not only have our immediate needs been met, but likely the all the needs we will have during the reconstruction.
I had reached a place where I could not see how I could, under my own power, walk the path in front of me. But you carried my mat, dug through the roof, and laid me at the feet of Jesus. I cannot thank you enough.
I also want to urge you, make your needs known. God is faithful to meet our needs, but he uses his Church to do it. Tonight, after I began this post, I learned of a close acquaintance of mine who was in great need. I learned of his need only after he reached a breaking point and had his name and face plastered all over the news. He has put himself in a place where any help offered will be diluted. Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to steal your joy by isolating you from the generous and capable body of Christ.
It’s frightening, nerve-wracking, and quite humbling to let others know your needs, but it’s worth it.