Get up, make up your bed, go walking


John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk.”

There was a man near the pool of Bethesda who had an “infirmity.” We do not know what the infirmity was; but, we do know that it made him slow with walking because before he could get to the water for healing, others would arrive before him and he would miss his chance of healing.

Notice that when Jesus healed him, he did not say, “You are well now, hang out and watch TV.”

Instead, he told the man to go walking: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

Translation: “Get up, make your bed, go walking. “

Christ walked.

Thoreau walked.

Emerson walked.

Beethoven walked.

Moses walked.

Steve Reeves walked.

Gandhi walked (averaged 11 miles per day).

Four out of five of those people hospitalized or dead from COVID have been obese. Walking fights obesity (but it takes much more walking than you’ve probably been told).

Are prophets and artists walkers because they are prophets; or, are they prophets and artists because they are walkers?

Rise, make your bed, go walking.


Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or by omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Walk 3 miles

Eat 5 fruits or vegetables



Charles Runels, MD

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