Date: Friday, August 9
Scripture: Acts 20:1-12
Verse: A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. (Acts 20:9)
Remember those early days of dating when you would talk on the phone for hours? Neither wanted to hang up, and though you had run out of things to say, and were beginning to fall asleep, you did whatever you could to stay in the presence of the other. In college, maybe you remember a similar phenomenon with an upperclass student in your major or a teaching assistant whose talking about your major was so fascinating, you kept the conversation going until the wee hours of the morning. Or maybe you have been so captivated by a book you cannot put down every night that you sometimes wake up with the pages open in your lap.
Eutychus is so captivated by Paul’s presentation of the Gospel, he falls asleep listening to him. Unfortunately, he is sitting in a third story window at the time and falls to his death. Miraculously, Paul resuscitates him, then returns to the conversation.
It is important for us to find those people with whom we can have deep conversation about the things of life that matter – our goals and dreams, our struggles and joys, our successes and slips, our faith and doubts, and even feel free to explore our questions. We all need those times of captivating intellectual and spiritual stimulation which will call us to grow in Christ.
Prayer: Thank you, O God, for those you have placed in my life with whom I journey. Amen.
Action: Get involved in a class or discipleship group where you will be enrapt by conversations of faith and life.
Respond: What has captivated you so much you have forgone sleep for the “conversation” to continue? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.