Charity in Omaha, before coming to MayoMany of you have been praying and for that I am so thankful. Last night Jeremy and his father-in-law, Phil, were with us while Charity’s mom, Sylvia, stayed at the hospital with Charity. I think the men were able to rest well. They are so appreciative of Mayo and the care they are getting here. While there are no definitive answers yet, the family feels the doctors are aggressively seeking a diagnosis. I would describe them as faithful and hopeful.

Many people have gone out of their way to be Christ’s hands and feet in this situation. I’m reminded of the following story in Luke 5:

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19When 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.
20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21The 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?”

22Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Can I just tell you what an honor, and yet, how humbling it is to be a stretcher bearer? It doesn’t matter if you are praying faithfully, caring for children, offering housing, doing laundry…it doesn’t matter what it is, it is a blessing to pick up a corner of the mat and carry your brother or sister to Jesus. I’m in awe of the number of people who are picking up the George’s mat and carrying them to their Savior. Tonight I printed out the comments on Charity’s CaringBridge site for the last two day. Then the family can read them to Charity tomorrow. For the two days it took 21 pages to print! Amazing.

In all things He is good. Grab the corner of your mat. Ready? On three. One, two, three…pray!