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In the days before cell phones, I was driving the family down an icy road in northern Michigan. I lost control and the car spun into the ditch. We were miles from home, where we didn’t know anyone. I remember thinking, “Now what? Where do I go for help?” I walked to a nearby house to make a phone call. Help arrived and sometime later, we were on our way.
Have you ever had that feeling? Have you asked “where do I go now?” I think the apostle Peter had that feeling. He had been jailed following the execution of James. But an angel miraculously freed him from prison in the middle of the night. It must have taken a bit to sink in. Because Acts 12:12 says, “When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.” (NIV)
When Peter faced the question of where to go, he thought of John’s mother, Mary. She appears a few times in the bible. She must have been a hospitable woman. Peter probably knew to go to her house because that’s where people gathered for prayer. He’d probably been there before.
Good mothers are hospitable. Even though it is extra work, they open their home to others. Mary, the mother of John, serves as an example of hospitality and prayer. We can all be like her!
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