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Patience In Love And Healing From Above

John 5:2-9– Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.And immediately the man was made well, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.

The Patience of Hope: A Reflection on the Man by the Pool of Bethesda

In the bustling city of Jerusalem, there lay a pool named Bethesda, surrounded by five porches. Here, a multitude of the afflicted gathered, each carrying the weight of their own suffering, each clinging to a thread of hope. Among them was a man who had been infirm for thirty-eight long years, his eyes reflecting the patience of a heart that refused to surrender to despair.

This man’s life by the pool is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience. Day after day, he watched the waters, waiting for the angel to stir them, signaling a chance for healing. His condition left him immobilized, dependent on others’ mercy, yet none came to his aid when the moment of opportunity arose. His story raises poignant questions about the nature of hope and the strength required to maintain it.

  • What reservoirs of patience did he draw from?
  • How did he fend off the bitterness that often accompanies unfulfilled longing?

The moral of his story is as much about the virtue of patience as it is about the community’s role in supporting those in need. The man’s solitary struggle by the pool serves as a mirror, reflecting the indifference of a society too caught up in its own concerns to assist those who cannot help themselves. It prompts us to ask ourselves:

  • How do we handle troubling times in the faces of those in our own community?
  • How do we handle the plights of our others who may need our assistance?

As the narrative unfolds, Jesus enters the scene, and with a few simple words, “Wilt thou be made whole?”- He acknowledges the man’s long-suffering. Jesus’ question is an invitation to affirm his desire to be healed, to voice the hope that has remained unspoken yet undiminished. It is a powerful reminder that recognition and validation of one’s struggles are the first steps toward healing.

The man’s response to Jesus is equally telling. He does not ask directly for healing but instead explains his predicament. His answer is an outpouring of the frustration and helplessness he has endured. Yet, in this moment of vulnerability, he finds compassion and a command that ignites his faith into action: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

The miracle that follows is immediate and transformative. The man, who had been bound by his condition for decades, is now free. His healing is not just physical but symbolic of the spiritual renewal that faith can and will bring. It is a testament to the power of His Divine intervention when human efforts fail.

As we reflect on this story, let us ponder the following questions:

  • How do we maintain hope in the face of prolonged suffering?
  • In what ways can we be more attentive to the needs of those around us?
  • How can our faith move us to action, both in seeking our own healing and in aiding others?

May we all reflect on John 5:2-9– and embrace the full meaning of this important miracle and testimony of the man at the pool – who waited patiently for Jesus, and account it into our own aspect in how we deal with our own lives, and issues in society today while bearing up under our faith in God!

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus,
We come before You with hearts open wide,
Seeking Your grace, where love and hope reside.

With humble spirits, we ask for Your healing hand,
To touch the lives that before You now stand.
Grant them strength and mend what’s been torn,
In Jesus’ name, let their spirits be reborn.

May Your compassion flow like a river wide,
Embracing the weary, Your presence their guide.
In every trial, may Your mercy be their shield,
With Your boundless love, their comfort sealed.

For those in pain, bring relief that endures,
With faith as their anchor, steadfast and sure.
In Jesus’ name, we believe in Your power,
To heal, to restore, in this very hour.

Amen and Amen!


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. Very well written as was your poetic prayer. Indeed we need hope. Hope that is at work delivering us through His power and loving grace. May we see and be used by the Master as His workers in the fields of this world.
    Thank you for a powerful message.

  2. Hello Cora!

    Missed seeing you in here with your inspirational comments and encouraging words!

    Thank you for your kind words – I give all the credit and glory to the LORD!

    Have a blessed day and weekend my friend~

  3. Jennifer Woodley

    Great questions to ponder Camille, thank you.


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