But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
A wise man once said, “You can never get enough of what you don't really want.” The lame man to whom Peter spoke in today's passage thought he wanted silver and gold. But he discovered that he really wanted healing. When the healing came, silver and gold were forgotten as he went “walking and leaping and praising God.” Many people today need healing but think they need silver and gold. So they pile up what does not heal and grow bored and frustrated when they have accumulated vast amounts of what they don't really want. Jesus Christ is what we all, at bottom, need and want. But very often we are blinded from knowing what we really want by the cares of this life. Let this day be a day where all your desires"-for love, for healing, for earthly provision, for joy, for hope"-are given over to God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He knows what you really need.