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“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.'” –Acts 9:10
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So Ananias went and entered the house.
He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17
The conversion of Saul is a passage filled with drama. Things are not as they would appear at first glance. Saul is introduced as the man in charge, breathing threats and murder against the followers of Jesus. A few verses later, Saul is face down in the dust and wondering what hit him!
Throughout this passage there are questions. Questions implied and questions spoken out loud. “Why do you persecute me?” “Who are you?” How can I dare to help a sworn enemy? Who can be saved? Can my enemy become my brother?
So many questions.
It was another “Ask The Pastors” Sunday here at Prince of Peace. At each service, the sermon time was given over to discussing questions related to our Christian faith. In the midst of the gathered community, people shared questions about God’s plan, death and dying, free will, and so many others. It was beautiful to behold.
Saul was lifted up out of the dirt, blind as a bat with a head full of questions. A few verses later, one of the people Saul was recently breathing threats of murder against was praying for him. Ananias actually called Saul a brother during this prayer.
And then Saul could see, and the Good News never stopped pouring out of him.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. What questions do you have about your faith? Do you keep those questions to yourself or have you found a safe community where you can share them?
2. Is the Christian faith more about seeking or knowing?
I encourage you to listen to the podcast from our “Ask The Pastors” services this week. If you were present with us on Sunday, listen to the podcast from the other service since different ground was covered at each. Hopefully, you will be as inspired as I was by the faithful questions raised in the midst of a community of faith open to wherever people happen to be in their own faith journeys.
See you in church!