Acts 28:7 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us (Paul and his traveling companions) and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8 It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. 9 After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They bestowed many honors on us, and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions we needed.
This morning I’m noticing that Paul didn’t just heal Publius’ father, but “the rest of the people on the island who had diseases”. I’ve seen miraculous healings before, but only one at a time and then only a handful of times in total. I’m trying to imagine the response of a people in light of what God did through Paul – the outpouring of gratitude and wonder would be tremendous! Pretty great evangelism strategy, right?
And of course I can’t help but think of my brother Chris who passed away on Thursday. So many people prayed for him and yet he was not healed. Why not Chris? It’s a question without an answer. Lord give peace to me, my family, and all who struggle with the death of loved-ones. Amen.
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The Chosen series brings these healings to life. There we see the case of James, who was not healed for a purpose.
We continue to pray for Chris’s family. In times like this, it is hard to remember that God is Love.