"Life is full of ends," wrote Phillips Brooks, "but every end is a new beginning, and we
are continually coming to the point where we close one chapter, but we always can turn
and open a new and better and a diviner chapter."
After the daughter got out of bed in a bad mood, her mother told her, "You sure climbed
out of the wrong side of your bed today." Moments later she was back in bed. When
asked, "Why?" she said, "I'm getting out of the right side of bed this time."
New beginnings with God take more effort, but God says in many ways, "I would like to
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.