devotion for 12-21-15

Acts 28:7-10

7Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. 9After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10They bestowed many honors on us, and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions we needed.

Paul and those who traveled with him, even though he was technically a prisoner, made a great impact on the people of Malta. They left behind a thriving church there, and the first bishop of that region was Publius. Everything on Malta is named for Saint Paul or for Bishop Publius. There are catacombs in the old city, not meeting places, but burial places.

I attached the wrong photo of a statue last time, intended to attach one that showed the serpent at his feet. I will try that again, plus other pictures from the old city of Malta. The Knights of Malta also had a fortress here, in medieval times, and that as well, was fascinating!

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