The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Acts 5:12-16 describes the ongoing work of the early Church. In earlier chapters we have read about the people’s life together. Here the focus is on the miraculous work of the apostles. As they are doing these miracles, people are directed to God’s power and grace. The apostles are healing others, even by a passing shadow. The attention does not go to the apostles, but to the Lord himself.
In the Western world we see very little of such healing miracles in this day. There seem to be some parts of the world where more miraculous events occur, even as we are separated by many generations from the apostles. We can observe from this phenomenon that God, in every age, will do what is needed to draw attention to himself. He will work out his care for his people everywhere and in every generation. No matter the trial, the Lord is able to care for it.
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