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Lifting Each Other Up

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

“Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.” (ACTS 3:7-8)


This reading brings to mind the times that people have lifted me up with words. Today, the day started early, and by 7:30 a.m. seven people had told me to have a good day. With that kind of support I said to myself, “This is going to be the greatest day ever!” Last summer when I was traveling across Arkansas, I stopped to purchase a coffee. A young woman said to me, “You keep your head up Madam,” also good advice to look up and forward. One of my favorites came from another time and another person selling coffee. He looked directly into my eyes and said, “You have fun today.” I looked back and said, “Thank you, I am having fun today.”

There are many ways that, like Peter reaching for the hand of the man in the temple, we are lifted up. Sometimes it is our hand that reaches out helping another. Sometimes it is our hand that reaches up to receive the help. Whatever the moment, and whether it is physical or emotional – somehow we rise up and stand, walk around and dance.


God of the Universe,

let our good days and our good will reach out to others,

encouraging, supporting and sharing Your great love.

Help us to keep our heads up, always.

Through Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord.


Janene Papendick, RN
Employee Health, Avera St. Luke's Hospital

ACTS 3:1-10 • PSALM 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 • LUKE 24:13-35

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