A Quaker Meeting in Camas, WA
I am looking forwarded to being with you again this Sunday for worship. This week we will be considering this passage from the Acts of the Apostles:
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver or god, but what I have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
I have been reflecting on the relationship between seeing and believing. I remember some years ago watching an interview with an accomplished photographer for National Geographic, who said that when he is photographing in nature it is sometimes critical to believe there is something there to be photographed even before you see it with your eye. He went on to say that this experience had transformed his hearing of that often repeated phrase "I’ll believe it, when I see it" – he said that he had come to understand that sometimes you will see it, only when you believe it possible. In this passage from Acts, there is vital seeing and vital believing. How do these two actions, seeing and believing, relate in your life?
In peace, Zachary