Gold and Silver

The medal tally at the ongoing Rio Olympics is a subject of great interest to all people. At the time of writing this post, the United States had bagged a 111 medals, 40 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze. P. V. Sindhu has made India proud with her silver medal and Sakshi Malik with her bronze medal. At the 2012 London Olympics, Michael Phelps had set a unique record by winning 18 gold and 4 silver medals in various swimming categories. At Rio, he won 5 more gold medals.

Gold and silver have always been considered to be the most valuable possessions in this world. In the olden days, they were the medium for all large commercial transactions. Even today the treasuries of most national governments have huge reserves of gold and paper currencies are issued only in proportion to the gold stock. It is not only the governments, but also common people who keep some amount of gold and silver with them. People keep a constant watch on the rise and fall of gold prices.

The Bible narrates an event which occurred when Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, were going to the temple at prayer time. Near the temple gate was a lame person asking for alms from them. Peter said to him, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up. Instantly, the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk and he went with them to the temple courts. (Acts 3:1-10)

Of course, in this world, gold and silver are of great value. But there are some things which are even more valuable!

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