Between the Lines: Easter 6: May 5, 2013

Text: John 5:1-9

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time…

And the lame man will walk

And the lame man will walk (Photo credit: Maxine Sherrin)

I am intrigued by the image of the healing pool this man has sat beside for so many years.  I wonder what form that pool and its waters might take in my life.

Take some art materials and paper and quickly give some form to this healing pool.  What waters have you lived beside, without ever putting your toe in?  What expectations might you have around what others have found healing?  What do you know of finding life somewhere other than in the expected place?  What might it be like to “stand up…”

What might it cost you to pick up that mat that you have been lying on?  What might it cost you not to?

What might it be like to walk away, carrying your mat?

Put on a short piece of music, perhaps something like Pachelbel’s Canon, or Barber’s Adagio for Strings.  Sit with it for a moment beside the pool, waiting. Decide as you sit there whether you will stand up, or not.  Take up your mat and walk.  Or not.

Consider, then, what you now know that you didn’t know before.

– Beth Harrison

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.


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