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Acts 10:23b-33, Call of Cornelius

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Cornelius replied, ‘Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
— Acts 10:30-31

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Sometimes I wish my experience with the divine would be like those we read about in the Bible. Here were all of these people seeing bright lights, angels, and burning bushes. Cornelius had one such experience and we read about in today’s daily devotion. My experiences often seem so mundane, if anything.

I think the point to remember is that extraordinary religious epiphanies were just as rare back then as they are now. It’s just that we get to read about them in scripture. Since there are so many experiences written down in the Bible, it seems as if that’s the only authentic way to connect with God.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

More often God comes in the “still, small voice” of which we also have a witness of in holy scripture. And no matter what ways we connect with the infinite, the real gift is that they are all authentic.

Lord, thank you for connecting with me daily. Remind me that the everyday, normal experiences are just as valid as the bright dazzling lights.


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