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Acts 5:14-15 Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by.
Peter has many shadows—he’s quick-tempered, impatient, prideful, angry. And still, Jesus calls him to walk by his side. Peter’s close proximity to Jesus does not excise him of his shadiness. Peter’s always talking before he thinks things out. And there’s that time he walks toward Jesus and ends up thinking too hard about what he’s doing and sinks. Peter has had to learn to say “Yes” to grace over and over again. So do you and I.
That God chooses sinners to be both receivers and givers of grace is nothing short of amazing. God uses our shadows to bear witness to the light that healing can bring. Jesus is able, even from the darkest corners of our hearts, to make miracles happen. We need only to get out of the way.
MOVING FORWARD: When have your own shadows helped you say “Yes” to Jesus so that you might become a vessel of healing?
Good Book Club Reading: Acts 5:12-26
Today the Church remembers George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878.