No one is immune to the kind of dismay and discouragement that Jeremiah expressed --
not even Mother Teresa. In an interview with CNN, the Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry
D'Souza, revealed that Mother Teresa had her moments of sorrow and despair when she
was searching for a place to house her ministry to the dying in Calcutta. She once wrote,
"I wandered the streets the whole day. My feet are aching, and I have not been able to
find a home."
Yet, she did eventually find a place for her work. Even in the midst of sorrow and
dismay, God is at work.
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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.