I read a blog in which a person responded in anger to the author that defended this verse by stating that if you haven’t been healed, it’s due to your own fault. The commentator was angry with Christians and felt that the author’s perspective blamed the person sitting at the pool for 38 years because he lacked faith, wasn’t persistent, was lazy, or craved the attention of people seeing him disabled.
I felt the commentator’s anger was real and justified. While I do believe that healing is the children’s bread, I don’t think any person can adequately explain why some people are healed and others who prayed, believed, and were good people weren’t healed.
I would say to those who are hurting and haven’t experienced healing for their loved ones or themselves to take their concerns to God. I believe the age-old adage that says, we’ll understand it by and by. It may seem simplistic, but this is how I’ve been able to cope with the close losses of a 16-year-old and a 23-year-old to cancer.
I’m still angry and hurt by their senseless deaths. When I feel the pain, I ask God for his grace to get me through the day. The following verses have brought me comfort and I pray they will help others who are hurting: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. It rains on the just and on the unjust. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.