January 2021 Letter

The Conversion of St. Paul

 

Saul of Tarsus’ life-changing experience on the road to Damascus, Syria, is recorded three times in the Book of Acts (9:1-9; 22:6-11; 26:12-18). As an archenemy of Christians, Saul set out for Damascus to arrest and bring believers in Christ to Jerusalem to stand trial. While on the way, he saw a blinding light and heard the words: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Saul asked, “Who are You, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

 

In Damascus, where Saul was brought after being blinded, a disciple of the Lord named Ananias was directed by God in a vision to go to Saul to restore his sight: “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). After receiving his sight, Saul was baptized and went on to become known as Paul, the great apostle, and is commemorated in the Church on January 25th.

 

Almighty God, You turned the heart of Saul who persecuted the Church and by Paul’s preaching caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world. Grant us ever to rejoice in the saving light of Your Gospel and, following the example of the apostle Paul, to spread it to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

New Year Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern