Reflections

From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
5/5/2019 8:00:00 PM
   
May 4 - 5, 2019

Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. - Acts 5:14-15

Sometimes when we study the acts and miracles of the Apostles, it’s easy to become envious. We marvel at the extraordinary signs and wonders accomplished in Jesus' name, the great crowds they brought into the church, and the numerous people they healed. We seem to struggle to attract new members and maintain adequate budgets for our ministries and mission. The Apostles, on the other hand, seemed to have had the superpowers of Marvel superheroes. People held Peter in such awe and esteem that they brought their sick from miles around just in case his shadow might fall on them and heal them. Sometimes our ministries bear so little resemblance to the Apostles' ministries as to invite fatigue if not despair.

Still, we experience signs and wonders. They take place quietly in Bible studies, in hospital rooms, at gravesides, in worship, when lives are shaped and changed by the good news about Jesus. The disciples didn’t have superpowers, just faith, and that was enough.  It has never been easy to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It was never meant to be.

Prayer: Grant us what we need, O Lord, to be your faithful servants, that others may experience your signs and wonders.    Amen

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate, Ret.

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