Evening and morning: the most bewitching times of day. Early morning dew makes the world look like it is encrusted with gems, gilded with diamonds and silver, fresh with new, quivering life. Evening twilight paints the sky in brilliant saffron, purple, azure, gold. The colors of richly dyed cloth drape the heavens, and fireflies hang in the stillness like tiny, twinkling lanterns. Evening and morning: when the light of the day shows us the dazzling, beautiful fire of the world, when the advent of dark shows us shadows that comfort us when the world is too bright.
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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.