No Money For The Beggar
I got a text from Jeff, my neighbor. “Just wanted to let y’all to know I haven’t forgotten you guys. Debbie has been in the hospital since Monday. She was in ICU for 3 days and now she’s in a regular room.”
Saturday night Mary and I drove up to the hospital, knocked on the door, and Jeff was sitting beside Debbie’s bed. Ordinarily, she’s a strong woman driving daily to her job in Addison and then taking breaks during the weekends tending her horses. How did a strong, vibrant healthy woman end up near death?
Jeff and Debbie explained how severe abdominal pain had led to the ER on New Year’s evening. A large kidney stone had blocked things up and calls around the Metroplex finally found a urologist who could help her. In the ambulance during the transfer she went into septic shock. Blood pressure cratered, temperature rose, and for the next 24 hours the medical staff in ICU struggled to get her stabilized. Jeff and Debbie’s family prayed.
She did stabilize and Mary and I got to see her in a regular room. She’s still regaining her strength and in about a week or so they will deal with that kidney stone.
Before Mary and I said good-bye and headed home to Midlothian, we joined hands and prayed to Jesus. Why?
Only days after the Church was born at Pentecost, Luke takes us with the Apostle Peter and John to the Temple to pray. They meet a lame beggar crying out for a charitable gift. They didn’t have any money, but they had far more.
“Now Peter and John were going up into the Temple at the hour of afternoon prayer—three o’clock. And a man lame in his feet and ankles from his mother’s womb was carried daily and placed at one of the entrances to the Temple, the gate called Beautiful. He was placed there to beg alms from those entering the Temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for a charitable gift. Peter fixed his eyes on him, and also John, and said, ‘Look at us!’ The lame man did expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold—I don’t have but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.’
Peter grabbed him by the right hand and raised him up. Immediately, both his feet and his ankles were strengthened. He stood and walked. No, he leaped and entered with them into the Temple, walking, leaping, and praising God.
All the folks who had already entered saw him walking and praising God, and they knew that he was the man who had been sitting and begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were filled with amazement and wonder over what had happened.” Acts 3:1-10
LORD, there’s still healing power in the name of Jesus, the Messiah, of Nazareth. Continue to grab Debbie with your healing power and strengthen her entire body. Deal with that kidney stone, and if you choose to use the surgeon in a few days, guide every step of the procedure. May Mary and I soon hear Debbie’s voice over the back fence joyfully connecting with her family and with those horses she loves.
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