Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Always asking

John 5:5-6
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

Always careful to ask
Never presumptuous
Jesus does not look at the obvious signs
but looks for the hidden
Knowing that what works for one
may not be the desire of another
That skill
of giving space
in which things long hidden
can be brought into the light
That place
where healing
visible or not
has a chance 
to happen 
Finding that kernel
of hope and desire
and setting it ablaze
Such is the pastoral encounter
in the space held
by Christ
Creator, Redeemer, God

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