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A Coincidence

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Scriptural Readings: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; John 6:44-51

My dear encountered couples:

Now, wasn’t that a coincidence! I’m referring to Philip showing up at the right place at the right time when the Ethiopian eunuch came riding along in his carriage reading a passage in Scripture referring to the promised Messiah. Philip the Apostle was like “Johnny—on-the—spot” with all the right answers for the man’s questions. That divinely inspired “coincidence” worked out so well that the man asked for baptism. Chalk another one up for God.

Many good things happen. Many opportunities unexpectedly take place that can change our lives and the lives of others. Much depends on what we do with those opportunities. Philip could have said he was too busy or too tired to answer the man’s questions. He could have been prejudiced against Ethiopians - they’re usually of a different skin color than Jews, you know – and refused to even speak with the man. He might not have wanted any Blacks, or foreigners, or eunuchs, or the likes of such people in the same church with him.

But Philip knew God’s will, God’s love for all. Jesus had taught him about it, as Jesus tries so hard to teach us. So, Philip takes advantage of this “coincidental” meeting of the Ethiopian and shared with him the treasures of heaven.

Wasn’t that nice! I wonder if God sets up such “coincidences” in our lives. And I wonder what we do with them. Just a thought.


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