Acts 9:15-19a

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Laura Swanson.

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

So 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.” Acts 9:15-19a

Dear friends of Faith, I think today’s scripture is filled with good news about second chances and doing what God has called us to do through his Son, Jesus Christ. It was miraculous that Saul’s sight was restored by the healing hands of Ananias. It was miraculous that Saul, who was once a persecutor of Christians, came to believe in Jesus as the Messiah and was baptized. It was miraculous that Ananias and Saul heard Jesus and acted on his instructions.

My life at the moment is filled with noise. On some days it is joyful noise, like the voices of family and friends.  On other days the noise is crushing, like when I turn on the news or the “committee” inside my head tells me I am not enough today.  There is a lot static and noise when I over-commit then under-deliver. With all the noise in my life, I wonder if I could hear God?

In the recovery community, one hears that willingness (to be honest) is the cornerstone of sobriety. And, if one is “willing to take certain steps” he can live a life free from the bondage of addiction.  I think willingness in the life of a Christian is just as powerful.  It takes willingness on our part to open our ears and hear. It takes willingness and courage to begin a new journey; one that may not feel comfortable because it is new and different.

In closing, Saul was chosen by Jesus to be an instrument.  Saul heard the call and followed instructions.  Ananias was chosen to be a messenger and to heal Saul.  Each one did his part. How can I do my part today?

Let us pray: Dear Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for Faith Lutheran and your many blessings. Please open my ears and my heart so I might hear you today.  Please fill me with compassion, joy, insight, energy, optimism and willingness to do your will.  Praise be to you, oh God. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Acts 9:15-19a”

  1. garlee931 Says:

    A very good connection between faith and how it should be approached today. Thank you for the recovery reference. We can’t do this alone.

  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    Like Saul and Ananias help us to hear and follow God’s commands. Amen.

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