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"The disciples stood round about him"

From the August 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Some of the greatest healing experiences recorded in the Bible are briefly told. We need not on that account, however, be deprived of the tremendous significance for us of these evidences of God's care.

One such instance is recorded in Acts in the account of Paul's preaching and healing work in Lystra: "And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe."Acts 14:19, 20;

Here was Paul brutally stoned, presumed dead, and dragged out of the city. Then, the next day walking some thirty miles or so to another town! What happened between? The Scriptures insert the brief but momentous statement, "The disciples stood round about him." These Christians stood —doing what? In view of the magnificent consequences of whatever it was they did, we may reasonably assume that they didn't stand around wringing their hands, mourning, or quaking in fear or apprehension. No doubt they prayed.