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Third Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 9:13-15, 17a

Acts 9:13-15, 17aBut Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord answered him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before the Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel….” So Ananias went and entered the house.

Christians owe such a debt of gratitude for the strong people of faith like Ananias. Ananias risked his life to go to Saul because the Lord asked him to do so in a vision. Is there an Ananias in your life? Is there a strong person of faith in your life to whom you can look? If so, give thanks for that person today.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the faithful people surrounding us. May our faith grow as a result of our association with them. AMEN.

Third Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 9:8-9

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.

Saul encounters Jesus in a dramatic way on the road to Damascus. Most of us won’t be so fortunate. Listening for the still small voice of God requires intentionality, and yes, maybe even practice.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us hear your will for us so that we might better serve you and your children. AMEN.

Third Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 9:1-2

We are approaching the third Sunday of Easter. The lectionary selections include: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) (Saul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14 and John 21:1-19 (Jesus appearing the disciples by the Sea of Tiberius).

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.

As important as Saul, soon to be Paul, is to Christian thought, it is important to remember that he was a most ardent persecutor of the early Church. Consider today what God is asking you to do through your life, with both its flaws and its promises, and remember the miracle you are.

Prayer: Abundantly gracious God, as imperfect as we are, we trust your ability to use us to further your will on earth. AMEN.

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