Sunday, May 2, 2021

A devout man trembles

After Acts 9:9-19

He is a devout man,
known for being so,
known for following 
the law, known to those
of the old faith and
of the new, respected.
He hears his name 
called, in a vision, 
and his response is 
what one expects from 
a devout man: here
I am, Lord. He is told
of the man blinded,
sitting in a house
in a street called Straight,
waiting. He knows a man
named Ananias will come,
a man named Ananias
will lay hands on him,
restoring his sight.

This man, this devout man,
knows without being told who
this blind man is, knowing 
what he’s been sent to do.
This devout man is told to go
to the blinded man, the man
who will have a mission
of carrying the name
to the world, a mission
of great suffering.
This man, this devout man,
obeys and goes to lay 
his hands on the blind man.
And he calls the man
his brother.

Photograph by Elia Pellagrini via Unsplash. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Ananias had a complete and stalwart faith in God, one that allowed him to minister to the "enemy." Not many of us can claim that.
Blessings, Glynn!