- Amy Welborn
Lord, Thank you for this day and for being by my side. Thank you for all your good gifts to me in my life and to celebrate this special time of the year.
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
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I am puzzled! What is the difference between the responses of Zechariah and Mary:
* Luke 1:18, "Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
* Luke 1:34, "But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
"How shall I know this?" Vs "How can this be?"
I see that questioning is obviously ok, but unbelief is not! Holy Spirit, help me to understand......what is the difference? I want to learn from their examples!
?"How shall I know this?" is about me being in control wanting to know how God is going unfold His plan? And "How can this be?" is about me being incapable wanting to know how to be part of God's plan?
Indeed, I don't need to know the details of God's plan because I know You are good, You are faithful, You are merciful, You are loving and Your plan for me is not to harm me but to prosper me (Jeremiah 29:11)! What I need is like Mary's, "How can this be for I am weak, nothing but a filthy rag! But I am available if God is willing!"
Lord, we need You, especially this week when Matt and I share our hearts with Katie to prosper her and not to harm her in her current situation. Give us wisdom to provide a safe and loving boundary for her to come back to You and the life You have for her! Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil! We are available for You, Lord! Amen!
Palm 8:3-6, "When I look at your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man (especially Katie and Jessi) that You are mindful of him (us), and the son of man that You care for him (us)? Yet You have made him (us) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (us) with glory and honor. You have given him (us) dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his (our) feet," Amen!