Saturday, January 4, 2014

Acts 3:9-10 “All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”

It is hard to imagine this story unfolding in my mind.  The closest I can come to goes like this: The homeless man that sat on the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue has been there every day for years.  I pass by him on my way to work and drop my extra change in his cup and try not to breathe too deeply because he hasn't bathed in quite a while.  I feel sorry for him but what can I really do besides give him these tokens I have?  A few days later I notice a new worker in the office.  All the ladies are talking about him.  He is handsome and clean cut, well dressed and has an air of kindness and compassion about him.  As I am standing at the coffee machine getting my daily dose he comes in and greets me.  I look closely at him and slowly it dawns on me that I recognize him, but how can that be?  How can this man be the same man that just days ago was homeless and a beggar?  I am astonished beyond words.  I ask him if he knows that man and he confirms that he was that man but now he has been given a new lease on life.  Could this really happen?  Hasn't it already?  I look in my heart and I am amazed at the changes God has made in me.  I have a new lease on life and I shout in joy that you can too.  Have you received this amazing healing as well?

We are all broken and lame when we come to you.  Thank you for holding our hands, touching our hearts and bringing your healing love into our lives.  We stand in awe and wonder and the things you have done and will do.  Amen.