All-nighter. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
"On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted."
Reflection. It was a long night of talking and fellowship. It was a night of death. It was a night of life. And, even after the fall, the death, the new life...there was more breaking of bread, more fellowship, more talking.
Passages like this cause wonder. Wonder at the healing. Yet, even more wonder at the situation where the people carry on almost as though nothing had happened. The boy is alive, so they can continue to converse!
What about us? How do we react when we see God at work? How much do we wonder? How comforted are we?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, help me to see you at work today. Amen.