Struggle: Day 3

Day 3 “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”
John 5:7 NRSV


At the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, an angel of the Lord came down from time to time to stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he or she had. A man sitting beside the pool had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. He struggled, but he was unable to manage his infirm body into the pool by himself. His effort was not enough to get ahead of those more mobile and able-bodied. His struggle was daily and persistent, perhaps not unlike your struggle through grief. His life changed forever when Jesus asked, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6 NRSV)


God, grief seems like a persistent infirmity. I pray that your grace will break through the dailiness of my struggle. Amen.


Even as I struggle through grief, I know that I want to be made well.