Posts Tagged 'Acts 9'

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:40-41

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Acts 9:40-41Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.

I have read this passage many times.  What struck me in reading it today was the last sentence.  He showed that Tabitha was alive to both the saints and the widows – leaders of the faith and the poorest of the poor.  The power of God was revealed to all.

Gracious God, through our actions and our words, help us to proclaim our faith to everyone we meet today.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:36

Monday, April 11, 2016

In the lectionary for this fourth Sunday of Easter, we meet Dorcas in our selection from Acts.  Jews in Jerusalem ask Jesus straight out, “Are you the Messiah?” in our reading from John.  Our scripture selections include: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30.

Acts 9:36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.

As you will read in a few verses, Tabitha made clothes for widows in Joppa.  Widows, especially those who also lost their sons (or didn’t have any), had few rights at this time.  This caused many widows to end up destitute.

Almighty God, open our eyes to all of the poverty around us.  Grant us the wisdom to help people as we are able.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:10-11

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Acts 9:10-11Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”  The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying…”

I often wonder if I am ready to say “Here I am, Lord,” no matter what the request.  It is clear that following Jesus after his crucifixion, was dangerous to say the least and often deadly.  Yet our Christian faith today owes so much to the men and women who, like Ananias, followed God’s call even when it could lead to great harm to themselves.

Almighty God, help us to have the courage to follow you wherever you lead us.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 -Acts 9:8-9

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Acts 9:8-9Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.  For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

There is physical blindness like that which afflicted Saul, but many of us suffer from blindness even though our eyes are fine.  This form of blindness makes it difficult for us to see the afflictions of our neighbors.

Loving God, help us to see the needs of our neighbors.  Give us the wisdom to know how to help them.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:3-4

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Acts 9:3-4Now as Saul was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Saul was not prepared for Jesus both to address him and to choose him for important work toward his kingdom.  As people of faith, we are challenged to remain at a state of readiness to hear God however small the voice, and then be prepared to act.

Almighty God, help us to be prepared to serve you in any way that you call us.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:1-2

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jesus has some final words to Peter, and Saul hears Jesus speaking to him on the road to Damascus in the selections for the third Sunday of Easter.  Those passages include: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20), Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, and John 21:1-19.

Acts 9:1-2Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Persecution seems to occur all too often between people of different faiths.  Let’s begin this week with prayers for peace between all people of faith.

Creator God, give us wisdom to understand our neighbors.  Help us to see their differences as part of the creative tapestry that you have woven.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 9:17-20

Acts 9:17-20So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Paul suffered from a real blindness brought on, in part, by his spiritual blindness. I think most of us suffer from spiritual blindness to varying degrees at different times in our life. While most of us won’t meet Jesus in such a dramatic way in this life, my prayer is that each of us will sense God’s presence in palpable ways.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us sense your presence as we journey on our own roads to Damascus. AMEN.

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