A Memory of Eden
Not many of us would boast about our weaknesses, shortcomings, or mistakes and failures. Yet, this is the very thing the apostle Paul learned to do. Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) in his younger years, persecuted Christians. In his own words, he violently opposed anyone who followed the way (Acts 26:9-11). But one day, on his way to persecute believers in Damascus, the risen Christ intervened and confronted Paul: “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:3-4). Blinded by the glorious light of God’s Son, Paul was led by the hand into the city and sat in darkness three days before a man named Ananias was sent by God to pray for Paul, and something like scales fell from his eyes. Paul became a new man. No longer was this former Pharisee a violent enemy of the church, he became a most effective proclaimer of Truth.