A young girl was enslaved and was trafficked for money when we met her one day on the way.
So with great sympathy and a word she was set free. Her controllers were more than just outraged.
She was worthless to them (as girls often have been) and they needed someone whom they could blame.
They grabbed Silas and Paul, dragged them off the mall, where the court sentenced them to be flogged.
They were sent to a cell in the heart of the jail, where the guard put their feet in the stocks.
But they sang and they prayed until there was a quake breaking open the doors, snapping chains.
When the jailer awoke, he had almost lost hope when Paul called, “wait a minute, we’re in place.”
With a light he rushed in, and repenting of sin he inquired what to do to be saved.
He was told, and believed in the word that was preached. They were washed and he gave them a meal.
Being glad and alive, he was swiftly baptized. For one day, that was quite an ordeal.
Image: Joseph Mulder – Paulus en Silas in de gevangenis
Source: Acts 16:16-34
Text: David Alexander, CC BY-SA NC 4.0
Tune: Middlebury, Public Domain
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