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3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. Mark 2:3-4
There was this beautiful picture among the footprints left by Jesus on earth: A man who had been paralyzed for years received helped from his 4 friends, so that he might appear before Jesus and be healed. For without these “buddies”, it would not be possible for him to appear before Jesus, and he would not be healed from his chronic illness, his sin would also not be forgiven. Due to these selfless friends who came together to help, the paralyzed man was able to overcome social prejudice (so inconvenient still wants to come out) and unfriendly condition (the room was so crowded that he had to be lowered down vertically from the roof); not to mention the financial issues, the time and efforts that involved when he was paralyzed.
Post pandemic lives inevitably became more challenging and difficult, the lives of lower income group who had been living in the pit of poverty are worsening. Global inflation, natural and manmade disasters that affected globally will cause more to be jobless, depress and homeless. Therefore, everyone who is still alive needed help from each other even more, through our relationship network, we may be able to locate those who needed help and support. This is a priceless opportunity which can’t be bought! The existence of Companionship Class under 7979 Holistic Care Relief Network, is to provide appropriate and warmth company to under privilege children: accompanying them in homework revision, accompany them in character shaping, accompany them in living skills enhancing and lastly accompany them in every storms they may face in their growing years.
Actually, those men that held the mat had a name, but it was not mentioned in the bible, but from their acts of service, we know their name were:
Adventurous: For the welfare of others, they were willing to take the risk of digging through the roof, lowering down their paralyzed friend vertically to receive Jesus’s blessing;
Serve: Saw their responsibilities in others’ needs, they approached helpless people to serve them;
Persistence: Because of the needs of their neighbours, they were not afraid of troubles and difficulties, they insisted in accompany their friend until breakthrough and changes came;
Accompany: They purposefully spared some time out to appear in critical and desperate moment, so that the other party might feel faith, hope and love.
Two is better than one, because labor of two both will share the goodness: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But, if move alone once fall no one is there to help them up. The loner will fall into trouble.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep each other warm. How can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Do not remain still and wait for these friends to appear in your life, you have to be more proactive, let’s make a vow that you will be a friend to those around you, and willing to be “Adventurous”, “to Serve”, “Persistence” and “to Accompany”. Come on! Let’s keep going.