This detail from the Peter/Cornelius Window on the west wall by the Lord’s Table is a striking image of the Apostle Peter. Here we see no brash man rushing in to take charge of things as Peter is often portrayed in the Gospels. Rather, we see a humble man, kneeling in prayer trying to make sense of what he sees but does not yet understand. The image is from Acts 10. Peter is on the roof of the house, praying. In a vision, he sees a large sheet descend from heaven, and all kinds of reptiles, birds, and animals—clean and unclean are on the sheet. In addition, the text says,
“While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?” The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.” (Acts 10: 17-23)
What a wonderful lesson for Lent.
- The meaning of the vision may not be immediately evident;
- We continue to pray and discern
- Trust that God will send messengers with a clarifying word
- Invite these messengers in to be our guests.
With this fourfold Lenten Prayer practice, Garrett-Evangelical looks through this window into a world where visions may be clouded. We invite anyone who will, to come and pray with us, and together, with the power of the Spirit, we will invite God to make the vision plain. AMEN.
By Al Caldwell, Retired Faculty, editor