September 19, 2022

Acts 19:11, 12 God did powerful things through Paul, things quite out of the ordinary. The word got around and people started taking pieces of clothing—handkerchiefs and scarves and the like—that had touched Paul’s skin and then touching the sick with them. The touch did it—they were healed and whole.

Back in the Middle Ages relics were a big deal. Wikipedia tells us “In religion, a relic is an object or article of religious significance from the past. It usually consists of the physical remains of a saint or the personal effects of the saint or venerated person preserved for purposes of veneration as a tangible memorial.” Enough pieces of the cross were sold to fill a forest. Apparently, something of this sort was happening in Ephesus when Paul was there. If you read on in this story you will find that many people gave up sorcery, burned their books of magic, and turned to Christ. We may not know what to do with some of these stories if they are far outside our personal experience. But we would be silly to believe that the only thing that is real is what we experience. the way we experience it. So don’t go out and buy a piece of the cross today. But don’t close your mind to the possibility that God can do more than we can imagine. 

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