As many of my readers know, I’ve been making my way through the Bible this year. This morning I came upon an account in the Book of Acts that I don’t remember reading ever before. Or maybe I have read it before, but never took notice of the details.
Don’t you love when that happens?
I’ve shared on this blog, on many occasions, how God has taken the mess I made of my life and somehow made it beautiful again. In the free eBook I recently released, I shared with you how I grew to love the word beautiful when I was 8 years-old.
Here’s the passages in Scripture that brought tears to my eyes this morning.
“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!…”Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness?…Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.” (Act 3: 1-11,12,16)
I’m standing at the temple gate Beautiful this morning, Lord, and praising your name again!