They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him, "Child, your sins are forgiven."
Many of us are lying on mats, and we’re paralyzed with the guilt of our mistakes – hurting others through neglect, carelessness, or ambivalence. Fortunately, we don’t need to have our roofs opened to gain access to Jesus. He opens the door for those who carry us – those who encourage us to seek forgiveness, such a friend or family member witnessing our suffering from that guilt.
Forgiveness makes us walk again. Our sins no longer weigh us down - or those who carry us.
Deacon David Pierce