I grew up in the Washington, DC. In that area was a well-known hospital, Bethesda. As a child, I hadn't realized the significance of that name. Only when I grew older did I realize that the hospital was named for the Pools of Bethesda of Biblical times.
Not too long ago, I wrote about the crippled man at the pool, trying to partake of the healing waters. Only when Christ appeared and helped him was the man able to take advantage of the water. But I didn't write the whole story.
"Will you be made whole?" the Savior asked.
Those words hold several meanings. First, there is the matter of the man being healed of he disease that left him infirm. Secondly, there is the more important point of wholeness in spirit, wholeness in accepting Christ.
It is this wholeness that I continually try to find, and it continually eludes me. Just when I think I'm ready to partake of Christ's wholeness, I fall short. Again.
And so I try again. And again.
Joy for today: finding wholeness in Christ.