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Acts 12:1-19, Peter in Prison

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind!’ But she insisted that it was so. They said, ‘It is his angel.’ Meanwhile Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed.
— Acts 12:13-16

NL Daily Devotion for Friday, May 10, 2019

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff


I know this story is about Peter’s miraculous escape from prison, led by an angel right through the doors with no one noticing. But my favorite part of the story is this comical interlude in which Rhoda is so amazed that Peter is at the gate that she runs to tell everyone, completely forgetting to actually let Peter in.

I adore Rhoda, this wonderful woman whose joy made her totally blow it, bringing humor into the scriptures we tend to take all too seriously. I believe that God has a wonderful sense of humor. After all, human beings are hilarious and we are created in God’s image. Sure, an angel breaking Peter out of prison is amazing, but I think laughter can be just as miraculous.

Where have I seen God’s presence in laughter and joy today?