Luke 5:17-25 (NIV) One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
Morning Prayer: God, I am thankful for the gift of loving and caring community where we can come freely and without fear and without shame share our deepest hurts and the many things that burden our thoughts. Help me to step away from my pride and my sense that I should always have things together so that I can reach out to my community for help. There is no need for any one of us to suffer in silence. Help me to have courage to reach out for help when I need it, and help me to respond quickly when someone else needs my help.
Morning Focus: Today we are praying for those who are grieving someone they have lost.