Acts 10:34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’


by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

Peter preached the good news. The Good News (capitalized). It was a pretty quick speech, really. And there was nothing fancy. God gave Jesus Christ the power anointed by the Holy Spirit, Jesus died, and Jesus was raised. You, too, can participate in God’s great story, Peter said.

The Great Story to end all stories!

Sometimes it’s difficult, especially nowadays in the midst of the biggest pandemic the world is experiencing in the last 100 years, to find good news. People are scared. People are dying. People have lost their jobs. The future looks bleak.

In times like these, I think it’s important to go back to the simple, quick story and know that God is not only with us, but, through Jesus, God walks alongside us and will carry us through. This, too, shall end — things will get better. But things will also be getting worse. The end will come, though, and the one waiting for us at the other side is the one who has been walking alongside of us the whole time.

God, thank you for standing by me. Help me to remember your

simple,  great story, that you would never abandon me. Amen.