The Painful Upward Stretch of My Soul


Sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.
Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, and they were all healed.
Acts 5:15-16

Peter, where did you get this power, that even your shadow healed people and set them free from their demons?

  • I’ve seen so-called faith-healers with dark spirits proclaiming Jesus over sick people with harsh, demanding prayers.
  • I’ve occasionally met a man or woman so filled with Jesus, their inner glow illuminates the room.

I think Peter glowed. Through Peter, people experienced the inner healing that only comes from love. It would be a great tragedy to experience a healed body but still be sick in spirit.

I want to live so close to Jesus that people feel and experience him when they’re near me.

I’m reminded by this passage to live selflessly for Jesus and others. The power of healing doesn’t come through memorized techniques or hocus-pocus prayers. It comes from living in the shadow of the cross and a life that pours pure love into others.

I want to become so like Jesus each day that he can change my world through me. And when I meet him face to face, he sees his reflection in me.

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Psalm 17:15