Hope restored

What does hope look like? How can we, as the representatives of Jesus, bring hope to the people in our communities? To the disciples in the book of Acts hope looked like this:

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.” (Acts 3:1-8)

Later we learn that this crippled man was 40 years old. You know what, age is not a factor in the miraculous and neither is the type of sickness. A 95 year old woman who is terminally ill with cancer can be healed just as easily as a 20 year old man with a twisted ankle. But how many people do we pass up every day without giving them what we have? Our position as God’s representatives gives us this amazing opportunity to deliver hope to any person in need. Hopelessness tends to settle in during long times of illness and healing the sick not only restores the body but also restores hope. And love always hopes!

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