on March 22, 2017

Acts 12:11-16

Peter was imprisoned.

The faithful gathered under the cover of darkness to pray for his release.

Suddenly, a banging on the door. A servant girl, Rhoda, responded cautiously.

Who would come to the house at this hour?

“It’s me.”


It was Peter’s voice. Their prayers had been answered.

Joy took over.

Bursting into the prayer room, she exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

“You’re out of your mind,” they retorted.

Rhoda was of lower status than everyone else in the room. Because of her age, gender and social standing, she had no right to contradict anyone.

But she knew the truth. She argued until they opened the door.

In walked Peter and everyone was astonished.

I wonder if anyone apologized to Rhoda or admired her strength.

There will be times in our lives when we will be seen as the lowliest person in the room. Our knowledge will be questioned and others will try to silence us. But with God’s strength, we can stand on the truth: God is faithful, prayers are answered and miracles still happen.

Allison Lynn Flemming, St. Catharines.

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