Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the church was fervently being made to God on his behalf.
Sometimes we go through trials and painful struggles…like Peter did when he was imprisoned. Sometimes painful things happen to us and there seems to be no answer. We feel like we are imprisoned. But how many times has prayer made a difference? A community (such as the church) gathers…is paradoxically pulled together by the struggle…and wondrous manifestations of God’s love pour forth. While God didn’t cause the struggle…God struggled with us…was in pain with us…mourned with us…cried with us…and loved with us. “I sought the Lord, who answered me, delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:5). We somehow emerge from the struggle wounded…but strengthened and more compassionate because of the experience and more willing to help others in their struggles. As St. Paul said, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To God be glory forever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:18).
Suggested song of the day–“Heal Me” on the Live to Love album.
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Have a blessed day!