It brings to mind the story of the man whose friends brought him to Jesus for healing. They couldn't get in the door, so they took him up to the roof and lowered him down from the roof. Had it not been for his friends that man would not have been able to be there that day, and would not have received his healing. It is often difficult to admit to ourselves that we need help. We tend to be very independent people who don't want to rely on others for anything. But sometimes we have to be willing to just relax and let someone else assist us. I think The Beatles said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends." And isn't it wonderful to have friends so willing and able to help?
Thank you, God, for the friends you send to us. Thank you for their support, their love, and their assistance, even in times when we don't want to admit we need it. Thank you for able-bodied people who are willing to help when we are weakest. Thank you for doctors, nurses, chiropractors, and physical therapists who help us to get back on our feet and who are instruments of your healing. Thank you for the opportunities we have to be of assistance to others who find themselves unable to do things for themselves.....Amen.