Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Today's reading - Acts 10:1-4 (NIV): 1At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!"

4Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked.

Dialogue is conversation between two individuals and in this scripture it is between a man of God and an angel of God. We understand that Cornelius is a devoted man, to his family, to helping others, to his religious upbringing and a believer in one God and now God is blessing him by sending an angel to him.

As mankind turns to believe in the one true God of creation and dialogues with Him without ceasing, the world will be a better place and God will speak to the hearts of mankind. We will not have to fear God himself, but fear the reality for those that do not believe. When believers face God He will know us but the ugly truth is when non-believers face God, it will only be for an instant rather than for eternity.

Look into the mirror at yourself for a few moments, then ask if you see the angel that the Lord is sending to a non-believer?

Dorothy Drago Brucks
Aldersgate UMC
Nixa, Mo.

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