This is the day that God turned a man’s heart, changed his eternity and lead a man into the mission field. This change brought the Gospel to countless people and this man still speaks to us today in God’s Holy Word: Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Act 9:2-6
We thank God for this important day in the life of St. Paul and of the early Church! We also thank God for each other as we see the whole body of the Church and all the church workers in our district and around the world. All of them and we ourselves have had our hearts and lives changed by God. Not quite like Saul/Paul, but we were brought to faith by the Holy Spirit and not by our own volition. God takes broken people like us to be His servants in His kingdom. Thank you Lord!