One of the stories we studied this past week was the one of Peter and John seeing the man lame from his birth at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, found in Acts 3: 1-9. This morning at church our soloist sang “Peter and John” which was written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman. The first verse follows:
“With eyes to the ground and a held-out palm
Asking for pity, begging for alms, a desolate cripple from his birth, no reason for hope, no sense of worth. Who should he see but Peter and John at the door of the temple, where upon he cried, ‘Hey, have you got any change to spare?’
Peter stopped him cold with a powerful stare.
Now do you believe this story? I do with all my mind. What was true that day is true today. I, too, have been that blind.”
How very often have we experiences challenges and think “money” is the answer. Are if we are in pain, think if the pain would just go away, we would be fine. Shouldn’t we just quieten our thoughts, turn to God and listen for the still, small voice which always contains directions! This solo just bought this alive for me today!
The second verse was
“Peter and John came to his side. Peter smiled and said, ‘Look me in the eye. We don’t have a farthing, a dime, or a sou but what we have, we give to you.’ They helped him to rise, told him he could stand. ‘In the name of Jesus, walk like a man.’ His ankles grew firm and though he shook, he took the first steps he ever took.
Now do you believe this story? I do, with all my heart. What was true that day is true today. I too will rise and walk.”
Into the temple marched all three, the beggar beside himself with glee. Dancing and leaping and praising the Lord while the congregation was completely floored. No do you believe this story? I do, with all my soul. What was true that day is true today. I, too, will be made whole.”