This is a mat we bought for inside our front door. Within a week, one of My Sweet Rib’s or The Lad’s cats left a ‘land mine’ on it. Woe! to the shoe that steps on it. With great fortune, The Purging Lutheran discovered this before any lives were inalterably changed. I did the preliminary work then tossed the mat in the washer, waited 30 minutes and voila!, success averted, the entire rubber backing peeled off in my hands. MSR said the instructions for cleaning was to hose it down, specifically NOT to put it in the washer, Didn’t TPL read the tag?
(insert grawlixes here)
So I took a picture of it and threw it away.
1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
6-7 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.”
8-12 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”