Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Giving (6)

"Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a certain man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. And when he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. And Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze upon him and said, 'Look at us!' And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, 'I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene---- walk!' " (Acts 3:1---6).

* What availability Peter demonstrates! Not possessing the financial ability to help the man, he nonetheless uses what he does have: the apostolic authority to heal.
May we, too, give creatively, using the natural and spiritual gifts God has given us to meet the needs of others.

* Following these words, wasn't the lame man glad he didn't get what he asked for, but what he needed!
Like him, we often ask the Lord to meet our surface desires, when what we need is personal healing.
Praise Him for how wise as well as giving a God He is.

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