SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:7-12
Paul’s Farewell Visit to Troas
7 On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. 9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. 12 Meanwhile, they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.
I preached on this text back at the beginning of the year, and when I found it was the lectionary text for today I wondered how things have changed in the world what else we might learn from it. As I read through it again, it still stands out to me what is recorded about Paul’s reaction to everything happening. Paul seems to handle the situation very unemotionally. A young man falls to his death, Paul stops what he is doing, brings him back to life, and then goes right back to what he was doing before. Was Paul uncaring? I believe this is actually a sign of Paul’s faith. Paul was so confident in God being with him that he followed God in full trust. And I think there is a very strong lesson for us today in this passage. Ressurection is something that is not a challenge for our God. So even though we may feel like we are trapped inside, waiting for our own resurrection from this virus, God will prevail. Already we are seeing God’s hands working through doctors, nurses, researchers, and so many more people. Our resurrection from this virus will come. We need to be strong in our faith like Paul and fully trust in God.
What things are you doing right now, as we social distance, as you await our resurrection from this virus? In what ways are you working to build and strengthen your faith?
Resurrecting God, you are all-powerful, all-merciful, and all-loving. We know that our time will come to be resurrected from this virus, when we can join together in-person with each other to worship, to laugh, to love, to live. Help us to have the strength of faith that Paul had, fully trusting in you. Amen.