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Thursday, March 20, 2014

I Want to Walk!

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1-10)

I had always looked at this story from Peter and John's perspective. Money is not needed to serve or pray for people. My kids don't need things as much as they need Jesus, or just time with me.

When I read this now, I am drawn to the lame man. My soul is intertwined with his because in a very small way, I can relate to his situation. I am so thankful for my new eyes to see what a remarkable miracle this is! I cried and laughed when I read it this time.

This man had been lame from birth and at the name of Jesus, "immediately his feet and ankles were made strong". I have been unable to walk on just one leg for only 5 months. I have spent 8 weeks in physical therapy learning how to walk again and I'm still not quite there.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

What unique perspective is God blessing you with right now? Would you share with me?


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