A Prayer to Reach Out in Faith By Jessica Van Roekel
“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.” - Acts 3:2-7 ESV.
There have been times in my life when I have felt invisible even though I’m surrounded by people. The heartache of feeling as though I’m always looking in but never a part of something robs my hope and leaves me with resignation that invisibility will always be my identity. The book of Acts tells the history of the early church and Luke chose the included events with care. One of the chosen events centered around the lame beggar who spent his days at the Beautiful Gate.
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