Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head. After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. -Acts 27:34-35
The Acts of the Apostles is the unromanticized history of the fledgling Church, the agony and ecstasy of the Christian faith in motion. As it closes, the intrepid Paul is heading for a shipwreck. Even as the storm is raging, Paul’s testimony did not waver. He would do what he always did regardless of situations that swirled around him. He would tend to the body, encourage the mind and feed the soul. He turned chaos into communion. The ship was still lost, the journey was interrupted, but lives were saved and likely changed forever.
We too can be wrecked without being destroyed. It may be the test of our testimony that will save us, and others in our path, as our own acts continue to move the Church forward.