Posts Tagged 'Ananias'

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 9:1-2

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.

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.


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