Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In their own words: Day 15

Acts 3.6

But Peter said to the disabled man, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.

Peter and John were going to the Temple to pray, when they came across a disabled man, begging at the gates. Peter had no money to give him, but gave him a far more precious gift, the gift of his health. The man went “walking and leaping and praising God” into the Temple, from which he would have been barred before that, since no one who was disabled was allowed in. Disability was seen as a sign that they had displeased God.
Peter’s gift gives this man “fullness of life”, just as Jesus’ healing had done for so many. He doesn’t just heal him physically, but also restores him to his place in his community of faith.

·         Healing isn’t just physical. Many things can prevent us feeling we can come “walking and leaping and praising God” into his presence. How close to God do you feel at the moment, and what might need to happen to make you feel closer?

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