A Prayer of Gratitude on Leap Day in a Leap Year

     A man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” Acts 3:2-8

     Dear heavenly Father, I don’t know of any special meaning or rituals for Leap Day, February 29th—this every-four-years extra 24 hours written into our calendars. But when I woke up this morning, this wonderful story of mercy, grace and healing came to mind. It gives me a chance to say of this somewhat unique morning, like every morning, “This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)

Father, I relate to both to the lame man and to the apostle Peter. I’ve been spiritually lame from birth—completely crippled—not merely walking with a cane and a limp, but …

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